Weighted blankets may be able to help children with autism feel calmer, sleep better and experience fewer meltdowns. Here’s how to find the best weighted blanket for autism.
One of the most common questions people have about weighted blankets is whether they sleep too hot. When the weather heats up, parents often wonder if their children will be too warm under a weighted blanket. If your child is a warm sleeper, or you're curious how your weighted blanket will sleep through the summer months, we explain your options. The good news is you don't have to forego the benefits of a weighted blanket just because the temperature is rising.
If you or your child has autism, anxiety or a sensory processing disorder, your doctor or occupational therapist may have recommended a weighted blanket as a way to help manage the symptoms. Created to mimic the benefits of deep touch pressure therapy, weighted blankets have been shown to help ease anxiety, increase oxytocin in the brain and help individuals with sensory processing disorders feel more relaxed.
For adults and children with sensory processing disorder, everyday stimuli can be overwhelming and even a source of pain. When those around you don't seem to get bothered by routine noises, light and touch, it can be difficult to make others understand just how disruptive sensory processing disorder can be.
Are you planning a much-needed getaway? Whether you're riding or flying, travel and anxiety often go hand in hand. From tight, confined spaces to the hustle and bustle of highways and airports, it's normal to feel anxious any time you leave home.