Weighted blanket and child – 6 ways for home therapy

11 spalio, 2019 / Bartek IT

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Usually, we can unmistakably feel when we arrange our body in different positions. We are aware of our position, even when we lock eyes. Let us take a moment, close your eyes and try to touch the tip of your nose with your finger tip…each of us has tried this before. It is true that it feels strange and is not an easy task?

Similar problems are faced by children with psychophysical disorders, only that they do not tend to have them only in the dark. Their proprioceptive system requires the support of all.

Deep pressure and the weight of the weighted blanket significantly improves the functioning of the proprioceptive system, including the Golgi tendon organs. This includes those structures necessary to feel your own body properly, identifying its location, control and coordination of movement.

Weighted blankets stimulate the receptors located in the skin, thereby reducing the tension and anxiety in the child.

How to use a weighted blanket?

At the beginning, remember: no list of persuasion tactics for the using the weighted blanket will help if your child is not convinced of it. To fully accept the weighted blanket and its benefits, you should pay attention to color, patterns, and the type of fabric. What is interesting is not always a plush touch is what our kids want the most. Sometimes a better choice of fabric is rough or cool to the touch.

And yet the weight of the blanket – a blanket standard weighted blanket weighs approx. 5% of the weight of the child, but it is an individual matter, you may want to consult a therapist.

Once we have picked the blanket, we can begin to use it. Here are six examples of using the weighted blanket:

  • Time to relax – in a kindergarten or school it is perfectly suited for a nap break. The weighted blanket covering the child for a few minutes, perfectly prepares the child for further activities in the day. Ideally, if these kind of relaxation sessions are held in specially dedicated facilities.
  • Weighted blanket on the quilt – children enjoy the blanket in sensory integration therapy and successfully enjoy quilts sensory (Weighted blanket). If a child sleeps under a simple duvet, you can try to cover the extra weighted blanket. However, you should check that the child could still move freely. A good solution may be to use the extra cover with a weighted blanket only for a while (approx. 20 minutes). In this way, parents will gain confidence that during the night there will be nothing undesirable happening.
  • Travel with a blanket resistor – the perfect way to a calm trip with a child. The blanket can be folded and put on their knees (like a laptop) or cover a child in the normal way.
  • Strengthening „hot dog after a difficult task or a hard day – tight wrapping the baby in a weighted blanket (in the shape of a hot dog) is a great way to sooth a child who has been deprived of the stimulation of pressure from a weighted blanket for a long period of time.
  • Sleepover with a weighted blanket – it may be a good suggestion, when the child goes to a friend’s place and intends to spend the night with them. The weighted blanket certainly will help the child to play, and calm in the event of a crisis.
  • Focus on the task – The weighted blanket is the perfect means to help the child focus on homework. Folded underneath a laptop, pad, book or notebook