Our pediatric weighted throw blankets are perfect for occupational therapy, for calming an agitated, hyper child with ADHD, Autism, Aspberger's, Cerebral Palsy as well as a thoughtful gift for disabled senior citizens to give them a restful mood.
Due to their compact size, Lap Pads in particular, are a popular therapy tool used at school, in the car, at the dentist, at the dinner table, etc., to help calm and focus.
Occupational Therapists and current research recommends lap pads be a maximum weight of 5% of the clients total body weight, as the weight is concentrated on the upper legs. However it is also suggested that no more than two pounds of weight be applied with any client, and even less with preschoolers or kindergartners.
The exclusive design of this lap pad is preferred and recommended by the professional community.
These therapy throws are made with multiple fabric layers, the top layer being "no seam" which often distracts the user with a bottom layer of fleece to keep the lap pad in place.
Our weighted lap throws use state of the art poly pellets that are evenly distributed throughout the blanket-there will be no "pooling" of beads in one corner-sewn within, out of sight. The PolyPro pellets used are non-porous and rated to 600 degrees making them easily machine washed and dried. The pellets have proven highly effective in applying deep pressure, hypoallergenic, non-toxic, and recommended and used by professionals as a superior weighting material.
Who else could benefit from the therapy weighted throw blankets?
Studies prove that patients in the hospital approaching surgery or recovering from it, benefit greatly from deep pressure touch stimulation (DPTS) supplied by the weight in our products, that is believed to release a chemical in the brain, which naturally calms called Serotonin. Serotonin releases a pleasurable endorphin that gives you a sense of happiness, converting to Melatonin that gradually calms and relaxes you for sleep.
Other likely candidates for our weighted therapy throws are sufferers of RLS (Restless Leg Syndrome)-it calms the agitated and anxious, providing an easily removed restraint.
Why do babies immediately stop crying and become still when swaddled securely in receiving blankets? Because they feel secure and a naturally occurring DPTS is taking place. That's what our weighted throw blankets offer- a sense that all is well and allow our emotions to calm and stabilize.
For sale in our storefront is the children's 12x18 size, but we have additional sizes/adult colors available. Just ask