Can Weighted Blankets Ease Sensory Processing Disorder Symptoms?

by Madelyn Grossman

Can Weighted Blankets Ease Sensory Processing Disorder Symptoms?

For children with a Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), even the simplest task can trigger a sensory overload. The lights are too bright. The tag on their shirt is too itchy. The sound of people talking is overwhelming.

Their senses are in control of every thought, and their brain simply cannot cope.

As a parent of a child with SPD, it is heartbreaking to watch your child suffer knowing that you cannot take away their problems.

Please know that you’re not alone. Your child’s brain may be wired a bit differently, but this diagnosis does not define them, nor is it a life sentence.

Although there is no cure for SPD, there are ways to ease your child symptoms. For years, occupational therapists have recognized the therapeutic power of weighted blankets.

These blankets provide sensory input which calms the body’s natural “fight or flight” response. This provides your child with the tools they need to self-soothe before or during a meltdown.

What is a Weighted Blanket?

Designed to weigh 10% of your child’s body weight, weighted blankets put gentle pressure on your child’s sensory receptors.

This Deep Pressure Therapy calms the nervous system by triggering the release of serotonin and dopamine. These “happy hormones” not only elevate mood but give your child’s brain the chance to organize sensory input.

When serotonin levels increase, melatonin production also increases. This hormone tells the body when it is time to go to sleep. When melatonin production is high, sleep is deeper and more restful.

Weighted blankets also improve spatial awareness by providing proprioceptive input. The weight of the blanket allows their child to feel their movements, giving them a better understanding of the location of their body.

What are the Therapeutic Benefits?

Whether used at therapy, school, or at home, weighted blankets have been proven to soothe SPD symptoms. Therapeutic benefits include:

• Calming children before and during a sensory meltdown
• Increasing sensory integration and spatial awareness
• Calming nervous energy before bed
• Promoting a deeper, more restful sleep

Order a Weighted Blanket for your child today! 





Madelyn Grossman
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