By attending the parent workshop, you will be provided with strategies to implement which will provide similar sensory feedback to a weighted blanket and may resolve the need for one. Weighted blankets are becoming more available on the market, however, we are not able to provide specific advise on which you should purchase for your child.
There are contraindications that you should be aware of. Your child must be able to remove the blanket independently. There are also particular health conditions where weighted blankets are not recommended including (but not exhaustive of); cardiac problems, respiratory problems, skin problems, hypotonia, epilepsy and circulatory problems.
If determined appropriate from the information we receive, and evidence of other strategies being implemented, an Occupational Therapist will provide an extensive assessment of if a weighted blanket is deemed safe and clinically indicated for your child. Please note; our service does not provide weighted vests or other weighted equipment.
Please see the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Safe Use of Weighted blankets Briefing on the link below.