weighted vest

definition of weighted vest: Vest that contains heavy weighted objects. Weighted vests may be worn by people with autism as part of sensory integration therapy.

Does Your Child with Autism Suffer from Anxiety?

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Kathie Harrington, a speech and language pathologist and mom of a son with autism, has written an article on dealing with anxiety.

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Kathie Harrington, a speech and language pathologist and mom of a son with autism, has written an article on dealing with anxiety. She points out that anxiety in a person with autism may affect sensory, physical, imagined, and communication areas in the person’s life. She explains, “They are anxious when they know and they are anxious when they don't know. They are anxious when they see something is close and they are anxious when something is not close enough…. They are anxious when, and when, and when... .” Some techniques she recommends include routine, relaxation, weighted clothing, music, flashlight, View Master, bean bag chair, and reading.

Taking Your Child with Autism to the Dentist

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Drill noises, sharp objects, smells, strange lights – all of these can bother a neurotypical child at the dentist – a child with autism may suffer from serious sensory challenges.

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Drill noises, sharp objects, smells, strange lights – all of these can bother a neurotypical child at the dentist – a child with autism may suffer from serious sensory challenges. The Indiana Resource Center for Autism (IRCA) has put together some information on going to the dentist and the Autism Support Network as reprinted it. First you should talk with the dental office about any issues your child has; find out if they deal with children on the spectrum. If your child is unfamiliar with brushing, consider working with an occupational therapist, using pictures to show how to brush, and a timer to indicate how long to brush. Other things to consider are having the exam chair already lowered, letting your child wear a weighted vest, or use headphones and music to drown out the unfamiliar sounds. The most important thing is communication with your child and the dentist about expectations.

The Use of Weighted Vests with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Disabilities

Weighted vests used as part of sensory integration therapy may not work for all children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

Stephenson J, Carter M.  2009.  The Use of Weighted Vests with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Disabilities. J Autism Dev Disord. 39(1):105-114.

Two Idaho Mothers use The Labyrinth Method to Provide Autism Information to Other Parents

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Two mothers in Idaho who felt they were missing key pieces of information when their children where diagnosed with autism set out to create a support group to fill the need.

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Two mothers in Idaho who felt they were missing key pieces of information when their children where diagnosed with autism set out to create a support group to fill the need. Alicia Velasquez and Shelly Gilman were determined to provide support and respite to parents of children with autism. They started a grass-roots movement to find a place that would hold a library that would lend books on autism as well as resources like weighted vests. In the meantime, they use a local office space to provide classes for parents and for children. The children receive intervention in the areas of self-expression, adaptive independence, play skills, socialization, communication, while the parents can share their experiences with others. Velasquez calls this form of parent education and assistance The Labyrinth Method.

Two mothers in Idaho who felt they were missing key pieces of information when their children where diagnosed with autism set out to create a support group to fill the need.

Halloween Costumes Bring Special Challenges to Children with Autism

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Many children like to dress up in costume for Halloween, but with children with autism and other special needs, sensory issues can preclude traditional costumes.

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Many children like to dress up in costume for Halloween, but with children with autism and other special needs, sensory issues can make traditional costumes uncomfortable. Aviva Weiss, a pediatric occupational therapist (OT), began designing weighted vests for her daughter - the weight can provide a secure "hug" and calmness. Her company, Fun and Function, decided to move from basic weighted clothing items to costumes - for Halloween and to encourage imaginative play. Her weighted vests fit children ages 3-8 and include fireman, policeman, and fairy princess. They include hidden pockets where weights can be placed.

Many children like to dress up in costume for Halloween, but with children with autism and other special needs, sensory issues can preclude traditional costumes.

Magical Apparel Means Fun and Function

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Fun and Function, an online store for children, was founded by Aviva Weiss as she searched unsuccessfully for weighted clothing and other sensory integration products for her daughter with autism.

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Fun and Function, an online store for children, was founded by Aviva Weiss as she searched unsuccessfully for weighted clothing and other sensory integration products for her daughter with autism. The store is more than just a place for therapy tools and clothing - the online site contains a blog with contributions about autism treatment from Weiss, an occupational therapist, as well as other professionals. And, because it's never too early to think about Halloween, Fun and Function just launched "Magical Apparel" - weighted costumes that allow for imaginative play.

Fun and Function, an online store for children, was founded by Aviva Weiss as she searched unsuccessfully for weighted clothing and other sensory integration products for her daughter with autism.

"Portable Hug" Deep Pressure Vest May Help Anxiety in Children with Autism

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A deep pressure touch stimulation (DPTS) vest recently developed by Brian Mullen at the University of Massachusetts may help relieve anxiety in children with autism and ADHD.

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A deep pressure touch stimulation (DPTS) vest recently developed by Brian Mullen at the University of Massachusetts may help relieve anxiety in children with autism and ADHD. Occupational therapists (OT) have found that DPTS can decrease anxiety and sensory processing disorder. Some researchers have found that DPTS inserted into a traditional vest or garment with a lining feels more like a hug or swaddling than a traditional weighted vest. Mullen's concept company, Therapeutic Systems, is working on a design for a DPTS blanket to help sleep.

A deep pressure touch stimulation (DPTS) vest recently developed by Brian Mullen at the University of Massachusetts may help relieve anxiety in children with autism and ADHD.

Baseball Player's Weighted Belt Re-Designed as Sensory Integration Therapy Tool

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Former Keys pitcher, Matt Bruback, developed a weighted belt for his own use; a golfer, Catharine Behan of CA, helped him realize a use for children with autism.

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Former Keys pitcher, Matt Bruback, developed a weighted belt for his own use; a golfer, Catharine Behan of CA, helped him realize a use for children with autism. Weighted vests have typically been used to help some children with sensory integration issues. The weighted belt is lighter and may be more appropriate for children who are too small for a weighted vest. Kelly Beins, a Frederick occupational therapist, sees the benefit of the belt for certain kids, "The fact that it is a belt versus a vest is a big deal. Some kids want no part of anything over top of them."

Former Keys pitcher, Matt Bruback, developed a weighted belt for his own use; a golfer, Catharine Behan of CA, helped him realize a use for children with autism.

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