A weighted lap blanket or pad is a small, heavy blanket the size of a tray. It is heavy because it is usually filled with something that gives it weight, such as glass beads or poly pellets.
Many people with sensory processing challenges find using weighted lap blankets at school, home or work can help you:
This is because weighted lap blankets give a form of Deep Pressure Touch therapy, that is unobtrusive and convenient.
So, what is Deep Pressure Touch therapy? And how can it help you?
Deep Pressure Touch works on the body in three ways.
Firstly, it calms the “flight or fight” response by switching off the sympathetic part of the autonomous nervous system.
Next, it triggers the parasympathetic nervous system. This slows your heart rate and your breathing. It helps your muscles relax. And you will feel calm and peaceful.
Thirdly, it causes the body to release a number of hormones and neurotransmitters that make you feel happy and reduce anxiety.
The end result is that your body literally feels less anxious and your mind is focused and calm.
The Deep Pressure Touch of a weighted lap blanket lying across your knees also gives your body proprioceptive input. This helps you know where your body is in space. And – so – a weighted lap blanket can help you sit up straight for longer.
The Deep Pressure Touch therapy benefits of a weighted lap blanket that help reduce anxiety, improve sensory processing and give an increased sense of peace and calm are particularly helpful for people:
But weighted lap blankets are not for everyone.
People who struggle with tactile input may well not find a weighted lap blanket helpful. This includes people who:
So, in summary, weighted lap blankets are a convenient and portable way to get the benefits of Deep Pressure Touch therapy to help you focus, concentrate, sit still for longer, organise better and transition from one activity to the next.
WEIGHTED TRAVEL BLANKETS
Our weighted travel blankets are smaller than a bed blanket at 90cm x 112cm. The weight comes from our Australian-made micro glass beads sewn into evenly sized pockets. This causes the weight to be evenly distributed over your body. And that weight causes gentle deep pressure touch – which has been clinically proven to calm the body and soothe away anxiety and stress. They are convenient for taking with you in the car, the train or even aeroplanes. You can wrap them around you or use as a knee rug.
WHY A CALMING MOMENTS WEIGHTED LAP BLANKET?
A weighted lap blanket or pad helps to calm people in stressful situations by exerting Deep Pressure Touch therapy.
It is the size of a tray. They are very helpful for people who struggle to sit still or who find it difficult to concentrate at work, at school or at home.
This includes people with autism, anxiety, ADD, ADHD, Dementia or OCD.