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.
The Therapy Store has the best selection of weighted sensory toys in Australia. We have weighted toy frogs, turtles 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.
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.