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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...
How to make a weighted blanket
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Before you get started with the construction of your weighted blanket, here a few things to consider:
What Are the Best Pellets to Fill a Weighted Blanket With?
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There are a variety of fillings to choose from to use in a weighted blanket. What is best and has the longest lasting effect? The most popular options are polypropylene (PP) pellets and glass beads. Here are few things to consider when making your purchase: 1) Toxicity Seems like a big deal since its covering your body, right?! It's important to look for BPA-free, non-toxic polypropylene pellets. BPA exhibits toxic, endocrine, mutagenic and carcinogenic effects in living organisms...something you want to stay clear of. Consider using a virgin material to avoid toxicity. 2) Odor This can be common in recycled plastic due to the additives...
Can fidgeting help with cognitive tasks?
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Compression and the need to fidget is a common trait for those with sensory processing disorders, such as ASD and ADHD. Our weighted lap pads and weighted blankets for kids provide a solution for both of these issues in and outside the classroom. The weight from the blanket provides the compression that is craved, while the weighted poly pellets act as a fidget for the user. The beads can be manipulated through the soft fabric with ample room for movement. Both sensations help to enhance performance with cognitive tasks, for longer periods of time...making the weighted lap pad ideal for the classroom and homework...