September 28, 2021 2 min read
My son Luke, age nine, has Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) along with his other diagnosis, ADHD. He is a sensory-seeker. Since he was three or four years old he’s been crashing into things and flinging himself on the ground with great force, seemingly on purpose.
It never made sense until we started Occupational Therapy and learned about SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder) and proprioceptive input ( “the awareness of posture, movement, and changes in equilibrium and the knowledge of position, weight, and resistance of objects as they relate to the body”). The OT told me Luke has a proprioceptive input deficit and that is why he has intense interactions with stuff, because he uses that physical input to supplement the proprioceptive input. During occupational therapy, he got to crash on purpose, throwing himself against padded walls and onto padded mats. He was encouraged to get into a body sock and be zipped up tight. He LOVED it! We were encouraged to try weighted lap pads and tight shirts. Weighted blankets were mentioned too, but we hadn’t tried one yet. Luke always wraps tight in his covers and between pillows so I hadn’t felt the need for a weighted blanket.
I was thrilled when Mosaic Weighted Blankets offered to send Luke a blanket. Now I could try it and see if there is an extra benefit. I am happy to report there is an extra benefit! Luke LOVES his “monkey blanket”. He only uses it in bed at night but now will not sleep without it. He feels grounded and secure under its weight.
Here’s how it works: “The deep pressure touch stimulation brought about by the Mosaic Weighted Blanket helps to encourage the production of serotonin, which is a hormone that helps to calm us down and put us in a more peaceful, happier state of mind. Serotonin, in turn, leads to the production of melatonin, which helps one sleep soundly.”
Luke chose his pattern from kid-friendly fabrics and the blanket was made for a child (38 X 50 inches) his size (8 lb blanket). It’s a quality product with a nice benefit. If you have a sensory-seeker in your home, especially one with trouble sleeping, I definitely recommend a Mosaic Weighted Blankets.
Did you know a weighted blanket can also help with the following? Maybe you could benefit from one too.
- Sensory Disorder of any kind (weighted therapy can increase Serotonin and Melatonin levels overnight)
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- People of all ages suffering from anxiety