While everyone loves a blanket to snuggle up in, a weighted blanket may have some positive effects on your loved ones with all types of disabilities.
A weighted blanket is the newest accessories for children and adults with developmental disabilities
. These blankets are basically two pieces of fabric that are sewn together into squares with a filler to make them heavy. Weighted blankets come in all sizes and weights and can be used for a variety of purposes. Individuals with ADHD
, post-traumatic stress disorder, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy
, down syndrome
, fetal alcohol syndrome
, and other disabilities can benefit from the use of a weighted blanket. But how can you use a weighted blanket? Read on to find out.
The Science of Weighted Blanket
One of the biggest misconceptions of weighted blankets is the idea of a “standard” application for them. There is actually limited formal research to support the conception that weighted blankets should be used for a certain time or at a certain weight. Since there is no formal information on them, it is important to choose a blanket that will apply pressure to one’s body without causing any hard. You will have to work with the individual to see what weight is the most comfortable and how long they would prefer to use it. For people who need proprioceptive input, a weighted blanket may be a life-saver, providing them with the weight and pressure they need to feel calmer.
The Application of Weighted Blankets
Like any other accessory, it is important to use weighted blankets with care. You should never wrap a person in a weighted blanket or put it over their head. Allow for some wiggle room for the individual to be able to remove the blanket if they feel uncomfortable. Simply spread the blanket over the individual is a much more comfortable and safe way to use this blanket.
How Do They Work?
Weighted blankets have been a trusted solution for many parents for children with special needs because the weighted blankets provide tactical pressure and provide proprioceptive input. The deep pressure sensation has a calming effect that helps regulate the sensory systems. When receiving the sensory input, the brain can release oxytocin, which helps to regulate the limbic system, release dopamine, and reduces anxiety and stress.
Weighted blankets have had a noticeable effect on many people who have used them. So why not give them a try? For more information on helping your loved one with developmental disabilities, call Family Service Foundation
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