Education and Counseling for Individuals Affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders


Weighted Blankets

Weighted Blankets

Children with autism often have a secondary diagnosis
of sensory dysfunction.

This can present in a variety of ways.

Some children crave deep pressure, and seek out
sensory input, by touching everything that they can.

Some children avoid touch, don't like the feeling
of their clothing and need some therapy to become
desensitized to touch.

Using tools to help integrate their senses can help
them to calm themselves when needed, or awake
their senses.

There are a variety of products available to assist
with sensory integration.

These can vary from simple toys, the use of
potpourri and scented lotions, to weighted blankets.

The use of these products can help to develop
sensory integration and help your child's body
work in tune.

You can get colorful, wonderful, weighted geckos that
can help children with sensory issues to relax and

The gecko is about 32" long and weighs about
five pounds.

They can be used when your child needs to calm
down, either because of behavioral needs, or
simply when it is time to quiet down and get
ready for bed.

Discuss the use of this or any weighted blanket
with your child's occupational therapist in order
to ensure the proper amount of weight
is being used, and to develop a consistent plan
for your child.

This is just one of the many tricks, tips and techniques
that you can use to cope with your Autistic child’s
behaviors that feature in my new book “The Parenting
Autism Resource Guide”.

1 comment:

Anna said...

It may not work for some but the weighted blanket we purchased from DreamCatcher Weighted Blankets is the one best thing we have ever done for our son's well being. He sleeps great and uses whenever he likes to help him frrl better.

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