Weighted Toys & Blankets
One of the best ways to calm overstimulated children is with weighted toys and blankets. These create a feeling of stability and body awareness to ground the child and help them concentrate on the task at hand. Weighted sensory toys have been shown to help special needs children across a wide range of diagnoses, including Autism, ADHD, Apraxia, Sensory Processing Disorder, and Down Syndrome, just to name a few.
Weighted toys and blankets work in a way similar to an occupational therapy technique called deep touch pressure therapy where pressure on the body can increase the release of serotonin in the brain. This release of serotonin can create an increased sense of calm and well-being for children and is especially helpful with overstimulation.
The Therapy Store has the best selection of weighted sensory toys in Australia. We have weighted toy monkeys and lizards available, each of which come in several colours and patterns. As well as being calming, the animal shape also helps introduce children to pets and how to treat them gently.
We also have an excellent weighted lap blanket in a range of prints. Appropriate for home, school and clinic environments, these helpful items are often prescribed by Occupational Therapists as part of a sensory diet to regulate a child’s sensory input in times of stress and overstimulation. The blankets are helpful for both children and adults living with Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism, ADHD, ADD, Anxiety and Restless Leg Syndrome. They are able to assist with children who have difficulty sitting still in their chair, get easily distracted, or are unable to focus.
With all weighted toys and blankets, we recommend choosing an item approximately 10% of the child’s weight. If you are ever unsure, ask a professional before buying.
Explore The Therapy Stores range of weighted sensory toys and weighted blankets for kids to help your child manage overstimulation and keep them feeling happy and relaxed.