Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Why we need Therapy Blankets.

Funny how in this day and age, the world will medicate to eradicate its problems.  Sometimes one need to follow the yellow brick road and do the alternative!

Years ago,  as part of sensory therapy, our son needed to have a heavy blanket.  It was part of his occupational therapy for his Autism.  When it was explained how sleeping under a heavy blanket has a calming effect on the person and the fact that this weight had an impact on all the large muscles.  It not only wrapped the person in a close hug,  it provided passive therapy at the same time.  Little did we know when we were doing this how beneficial it would turn out to be.
Today it is also used for people who have very many needs in everyday life, from anxiety, PTSD, insomnia and stress.  It has an almost instant effect on children with hyperactivity to calm their behaviour  and make them relax,  without the use of medication.
How?,  simply place the heavy blanket over the persons shoulders and wrap the blanket around them, sleeping under a heavier than normal blanket every night is something that is done every night and the lasting results of this therapy is amazing.  The person is given the gift of living a much more productive and normal life,  a gift in itself.
Quilters make quilts all the time, use minky on the back, this adds weight instantly. A Long Arm quilter I have met recently, showed me what she makes for this very reason, what she makes can be used during the day and she did not know just how well the therapy actually works, until I shared with her what it did for our son. 

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