If you have a child with sensory processing disorder (SPD), there’s a good chance you’ve wondered in weighted blankets could be a solution for you. The answer to that question is that it depends in large on the child. Some children with SPD enjoy touch and a blanket might be great for them, others hate the feel of their own clothing.
So, while it might be obvious right away if you have a child who can benefit from a weighted blanket, you can also work with your child’s therapist to determine if weighted blankets might be a good source of therapy.
Weighted Blankets for Sensory Processing disorder employ deep pressure touch stimulation, this switches the nervous system to state of calm. During this switch, serotonin will be released which will allow your child to feel happier, more relaxed and at peace and later on that serotonin will be converted to melatonin so your child will sleep better.
Note: Weighted blankets can be treated as an alternative therapy and you may be able to get your insurance company to cover the cost. Talk to your therapist, doctor or call your insurance company and see if this can be arranged.
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