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10 Benefits of Weighted Vests for children with Autism

February 14, 2018

Weighted vests can be a helpful sensory strategy for children with autism. Learn what exactly a weighted vest is, what the research says about them, and if they can help improve focus for your child with autism!
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How Heavy Should a Weighted Blanket Be?

How Heavy Should a Weighted Blanket Be?

February 08, 2018

There is a lot to consider when choosing a weighted blanket. Most important is how heavy your weighted blanket should be. Depending on the individual's weight, there is a general guideline to follow.
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The 10 Best Toys for Toddlers with Autism and Sensory Processing Difficulties

The 10 Best Toys for Toddlers with Autism and Sensory Processing Difficulties

February 08, 2018

There are so many sensory toys on the market, it's hard to know which ones are best for toddlers with autism and sensory processing disorder. Take a look at our Top 10 recommendations compiled by a pediatric occupational therapist.
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How to Wash a Weighted Blanket

How to Wash a Weighted Blanket

February 08, 2018

When purchasing a weighted blanket, it is important to consider the construction and design that will affect washability. How you wash your weighted blanket depends on how it's made!
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10 awesome sensory body sock activities

10 awesome sensory body sock activities

January 31, 2018

Body Socks offer opportunities for fun and relaxation. Check out our list of 10 body sock activities to add to your child's sensory diet!
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Can a Baby Safely Use a Weighted Blanket?

Can a Baby Safely Use a Weighted Blanket?

January 24, 2018

Sleepless nights may be prompting you to research weighted blanket options for your baby. Is a weighted blanket safe, and if not, what else can you do?
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How Can Sensory Headphones Help Your Child with Autism?

How Can Sensory Headphones Help Your Child with Autism?

January 24, 2018 1 Comment

Sensory headphones can help children with autism by reducing overstimulation from loud, unexpected noises and crowded spaces, therefore preventing agitation.
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Do Weighted Blankets Work for Toddlers?

January 19, 2018 3 Comments

Many toddlers have difficulty getting a good night's sleep. Weighted blankets for toddlers can be an effective strategy to improve sleep. However, there are some very important safety principles to follow. Learn this and more in this article.
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sensory processing disorder and sleep

What to Know about Sensory Processing Disorder and Sleep

January 17, 2018

For children with sensory processing disorder, sleep problems can further compound difficulties with self-regulation. Learn more about how certain factors cause sleeping issues for those with sensory processing disorder and strategies to help improve sleep.
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What's the difference between a compression vest and weighted vest for special needs?

January 10, 2018

Compression vests and weighted vests both offer much needed sensory support. But how are they different and which one might work better for your child? Learn exactly what they are, what the science is behind weighted and compression vests, and how to choose the right one!
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What are the Benefits of a Sensory Brush or The Wilbarger Brushing Protocol?

What are the Benefits of a Sensory Brush or The Wilbarger Brushing Protocol?

January 03, 2018 1 Comment

A sensory brush is used as part of the Wilbarger brushing protocol and can be part of a sensory diet to help improve self-regulation for those with SPD. Learn exactly what the benefits are, as well as the Wilbarger brushing protocol instructions.
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Could Oral Sensory Toys Help Your Child?

January 03, 2018 2 Comments

If your child sucks, chews, or bites on clothing, hair, and fingers, sensory toys may help by adding an oral sensory tool may help by promoting self-regulation. 75% of children with autism have some form of sensory processing disorder. See if your child could benefit from a oral sensory toy.
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