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In the 10 years that Sensory Direct has been making weighted blankets this is the question we get asked more than any other. The question most commonly comes from parents of children with Autism seeking a night’s sleep but can also come from OTs or adults with conditions ranging from ASD to restless leg syndrome to Tourette’s.
The only honest answer I usually give people is “It might!”
This is not always what people want to hear but the truth is that you won’t really know until you’ve tried a weighted blanket out. There are however some signs that you can look out for:
Does your child:
If you recognise some or all of these signals then a weighted blanket may be beneficial in helping your child to be calmer and possibly sleep better. There are no guarantees but in my experience these are a good indication – particularly the final point.
If you are still not sure there a couple of things you can try out before you invest in a weighted blanket:
Even after trying out these things and observing the signs you still may not be sure. With prices starting at £100 a weighted blanket is not cheap – particularly if it’s not going to be effective. That is why Sensory Direct offer a no quibble 60 day return policy on all weighted blankets. Try a weighted blanket for 60 days and if it does not work simply let us know and return it to us (conditions apply – please visit our website for full details).
Which weighted blanket should I buy and how heavy should it be?
We make 2 types of weighted blanket:
The most common generally accepted principle is to buy a weighted blanket that is 10% of the user’s bodyweight. So for example a child weighing 30kgs the correct weight would be a 3kg weighted blanket. In the 10 years we have been making weighted blankets this is the weight we have found to be heavy enough to be effective but not too heavy to be a potential hazard. We would always recommend consulting with your OT regarding blanket weights.
Are weighted blankets safe?
Used sensibly and by following a few simple guidelines, weighted blankets are a perfectly safe and effective sensory tool. Many thousands of families, schools and homes safely use a weighted blanket every day and every night.
For more information please visit www.sensorydirect.com
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