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Newly Designed Weighted Lap Pads

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Hard to believe we have been making weighted blankets and lap pads for kids with sensory needs since 2013. I wish we still had some pictures of the original prototypes I made; lets just say we have come a long way! We are always looking to improve an already loved product and we take suggestions from our client seriously. With that being said, we have come out with a new design for our weighted lap pads.  The dimensions our 3 and 5 lbs lap pads are still the same (18 x 21") but they now have 12 pockets of weights...

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Pragmatic Goals for Teenagers

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I typically complete several speech evaluations a week. It looks something like this: I look over the intake forms, grazing over the background information and medical data, until I see "parent concerns". This is one of the most important bits of information because the parents understand their child's strength and weaknesses better than anyone else.  Last week, I noticed a 16 year old boy on my schedule for a speech evaluation. I looked over all the essentials and came to the crucial part of the intake paperwork..."What are your concerns for your child?" The parent had answered "nothing". Which made...

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My child has sensory issues, does it mean they are autistic?

While Autism is often comorbid with Sensory Processing Disorders, the reverse is not always true. Does your child hates wearing socks, only eats green apples or likes spinning in circles? These peculiar behaviors do not mean they are on the autism spectrum. Sensory Deficits can be seen with hypersensitive behaviors (overly active) or hyposensitive (under active) behaviors.  Here's a break down of various Sensory Processing Disorders, characteristics and strategies to try.  Sensory Modulation Disorder:  Difficulty discriminating sensory input resulting in negative responses or avoidance. Characteristics: overly sensitive to sounds, dislikes nail/hair cutting, seams in socks is bothersome, easily distracted, difficultly falling/staying asleep,...

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How to use a weighted lap pad at school

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School can be a very stressful, loud and unpredictable place for kids that have difficulty processing stimuli. As parents it's scary sending our child to school, especially if they don't have a positive view of going! Believe it or not, something as simple as a weighted lap pad can help. Let me explain why and how you can use it.  Why a Weighted Lap Pad Can Help: The weight from a weighted lap pad or blanket helps to regulate the proprioceptive system. The proprioceptive system is located in our muscles and joints. It provides us with a sense of body awareness...

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Why are weighted blankets so expensive?

A weighted blanket can be a investment, but if you choose wisely it can be a life changer for someone with anxiety and sleep issues.  Not all weighted blankets are made the equally and yes some are very overpriced! Let me break down the cost of a weighted blanket: Filling: the top two most common choices are polypropylene (plastic) and glass. Unless you have a wholesaler or traveling to China anytime soon, this is by far the most expensive part of a weighted blanket.  Fabric: I always recommend getting a quality fabric...I mean your spending the time and money on the blanket...

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