What do Weighted Blankets do?
What do weighted blankets do?
This is a common question we are often asked. Weighted blankets can help those with a poor proprioceptive sense and are "sensory seeking" (for more on proprioception please download our Weighted Therapy Guide).
Signs of a poor proprioceptive sense are :
- Rough play (excessive pushing, shouting, jumping etc)
- Poor fine motor skills
- Repetitive behaviour such as spinning, rocking & fidgeting
- Mouthing and chewing on clothes, pens, fingers etc
- Poor co-ordination (difficulty riding a bike for example)
- Difficulty dealing with change and transition
A poor proprioceptive sense can be described as a lack of body awareness and a poor sense of where your limbs are in relation to the rest of your body. A Weighted Blanket applies deep pressure which has been found to calm the body and help the user feel more in tune with their body. This in turns helps relaxation and a sense of well-being helping sleep. I'm sure many of us can relate to how comforting a big heavy duvet can feel at night or can recall that feeling of safety when we were tucked up tightly in bed when we were children. Weighted Blankets work in exactly the same way!
For more information download our free E-Book here https://www.sensorydirect.com/downloads