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The theory behind using weighted and pressurized items…..blankets, vests, and lap pads is that the pressure of the weight helps to calm autistic children and children with sensory processing disorder by changing how they process sensory information. The items permit such children the feel their movements and comprehend where their bodies are in the moment and space.
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This calming effect can help children with poor motor control, hyperactivity, self-stimulation and sleeplessness. In 2007, a study suggested that the calming effect of these weighted products was due to the production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine.
While not a panacea, and not for every child, weighted objects may be a purposeful tool for your child. Of course, it is recommended to discuss weighted products with your OT before purchasing.
Andrew Koster is the owner of Perfect Day Special Needs Store