Sunday, September 17, 2017

Weighted Sensory Blanket for Autism

     My youngest son is autistic and loves being covered up.  At night, when he goes to sleep, he wears a heavy robe and then has us layer about 10 blankets on top of him.  This is true of winter AND summer.   It is comforting to him.  The weight gives him a sense of calm and that is true to a lot of autistic children or people with sensory issues.

       I wanted to get him a weighted blanket to see if it could help him.  I purchased one and we used it for Ronny for about 2 weeks and noticed a difference.

    When Ronny is having a meltdown, I drape the blanket across his lap or over his shoulder and it helps him.  It is said to help his brain produce serotonin, via the deep pressure and touch stimulation the blanket provides, and then the serotonin helps calm the mind and body.

       At night, the same pressure releases serotonin and in turn has the body produce melatonin which helps induce sleep.  Regardless of the reasons why it works, I just can say it does work for Ronny.

       If you know someone with sensory issues or difficulty in handling situations or sleep issues, I recommend trying a weighted blanket.  It is a good alternative.

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  1. I have heard of these before and heard that they can help calm autistic children. I really don't understand autism enough to know exactly why they help, but I am thankful that you have found one.

    1. Yes, I don't know it all but glad that it helps. Thank you for stopping by Carol.

  2. It is nice post and I found some interesting information on this blog. Keep it up. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thank you so much for sharing benefits of weighted blankets with us.


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