AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER AND SENSORY PROCESSING DISORDER
Weighted blankets have been used to help individuals with Autism and Sensory processing disorders for many years. Although, there is no cure for ASD, there are natural ways to help minimize and manage the symptoms associated with ASD and SPD.
Children and Adults who use weighted blankets have reported an increased sense of calm as the gentle pressure helps stimulate the sensory receptors and calm down the central nervous system using deep pressure stimulation.
Many weighted blankets come with a removable cover such as the plush mink dot fabric for tactile stimulation. When considering what might be the best weighted blanket for your loved one, be sure to consider a blanket with sensory features.
Occupational Therapists have recommended the use of weighted blankets for decades. However, It's important to follow safety guidelines, as we do not recommend children under the age of 1 use an anxiety blanket and we encourage you to monitor your child as they experience the blanket to ensure they feel comfortable and cozy.