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.