Could your child use help focusing and relaxing in stressful environments? Whether it's in school, at home, at concerts and movies, or on car rides, a Harkla Sensory Lap Blanket is the perfect portable tool to help achieve a calm, relaxed child.
Our minky dot design makes this a perfect sensory blanket, as the soft minky fabric, combined with the dots and added weight make a sensory input trifecta! This sensory combo gives your child an easy way to fulfill their fidget needs while calming them with the weight.
Our goal at Harkla is to help your child live a happier, healthier life, and we both know getting them to relax and focus in class is one of the highest priorities for that goal.
Does this Work as a Fidget Toy in the Classroom?
Yes! As you can see in the reviews below, it's been shown to stop fidgeting for some children instantly:
"Immediately upon using the lap pad our son stopped his stimming behavior in the classroom!!! What a miracle!!!" - Loving Mother
Is this Lap Pad Washable?
Yes, it is! It is machine washable with cold water and then low heat tumble dry or hang dry. Do not use fabric softener, as the minky fabric stays soft on its own.
What is the Lap Pad Filled with?
Food-grade Plastic Pellets, also known as Poly Pellets.
Can I Microwave the Lap Pad?
No. Since it is filled with plastic pellets, they do not fare well in a microwave.
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The blanket is well made, a good size for small children and is soft with 'nubby' bumps for texture. I asked whether or not they sold a washable cover for it and they got right back to me saying that the blanket was washable! My students seemed to like it so far!
I was very satisfied with your product and will like be ordering again!
We purchased this to test out how well it would help our daughter calm down for bed. She catches on to everything SO fast and she has a hard time turning her mind off at night time. We call it her special blanket and have sit with it while we read bedtime stories. She really likes it and likes to play with the beads. It helps her but she doesn't always want it on. It is very well made and came very quickly. It isn't a " working" quite the way I was hoping (I was wanting immediate results and that is just not always how it works with an very independent and opinionated 2 year old). We are going on a long trip this week and we want to test out how well it helps her in the car... because she isn't a good rider. Fingers crossed it does the trick. Overall very happy with our purchase.
It is a nice size to use in the car or watching tv.
I love it for myself, but I feel it’s a bit heavy for a 3 year old. He weights 38lbs. We ordered his a weighted blanket to sleep with (from another company) that is 5lbs & he does great with it.
Very quick shipment. Product received as advertised.
My daughter has ADHD along with sensory issues. The weighted lap pad and made a huge difference in calming her and helping her with her anxiety issues.
I have a son with Autism that has a lot of anxiety going to new places. This lap pad has been great for car trips and is easy to bring with us everywhere. It is amazing that despite its small size, it really does help calm him when we are on the go.
This product is very well made as well as soft and durable. My son especially likes the texture of the pad.
I hadn‚Äôt looked carefully enough & thought it was bigger, so initially I was disappointed. Once I adjusted to the idea of this only covering your lap, it was good. The actual product itself - the weighted lap blanket - is wonderful. It is Very well made, has high quality, soft but engaging texture, and the beads inside that add weight have also been a fidget calmer for some of my kids. (They‚Äôll hold a corner in their hand and squish the beads around). I have children actually fighting over getting to use it - so I‚Äôm looking to purchase more!
The product is nice. The material is soft and smooth on one side and soft and nubby on the other. My son loved rubbing it and it helped calm him down more. I've laid it on myself and it was comforting to me as well.
This is an amazing product my son struggles to focus or sit still especially in the car he is autistic and has sensory deficiencies and he always wants us to put it on him especially in the car and it calms him. The only complaint I have is I would have liked it to be longer my son is very tall
My daughter(almost 4) absolutely loves her lap pad!! I wasn’t sure if it’s what she needs, but I gave it a shot anyways. She loves the feel of the mink fabric and the beads inside. Bedtime have been sooo much easier! From taking an 1-2hrs to get her to sleep, to only taking 15-30mins even when she took a 2hr nap in the afternoon! I just lay across her chest and she calms down and falls asleep very easily!
We even take it to the store and she would just lay in the cart and I would lay the lap pad across her chest and she would just stay still. Peaceful grocery shopping for me!
The bag that comes with it is also a big plus since my daughter loves carrying it around!!
It seems to be very well made and it folds easily and fits easily into the bag. After this purchase, I’m definitely getting my daughter a weighted blanket! Definitely worth it!
Oh! Did I forget free shipping to Guam? Yes!! It took about 2 weeks from the day I ordered it to the day it got here. Initially, I was worried it wasn’t gonna get here in time but it made it in 2 weeks!!
Highly recommend this company and their products!
My 1.5 year old daughter was tossing and turning all night so I ordered this to lay on her legs and she sleeps through the night now. We also give it to her while we do our in home workouts and she carries it on her shoulders and giggles. Love it. If they had a larger size blanket with the same weight I would purchase it in a heartbeat.
We bought these for the adults with neural-developmental delays our agency serves. Thank you for such an easy process and a great product.
I purchased this for one of my students that is autistic. He is a bright and beautiful boy that has been able to remain in the full inclusion setting. However, his ticks have recently become far more extreme. The nature of them has clued me into the need for more nervous system suppression type interventions. With his education being entirely in the general education setting, I needed something descrete that would not add to his distractibility but would rather allow him to sit with more calm and confidence during instruction. After just one day of this, his general education teacher and myself had seen a major difference. With a few prompts to its proper use, he has already shown a huge improvement. Thank you for making this product and your dedication to the special needs community.
This lap blanket has worked out great for school! My son also uses it during homework.
Looks very nice and is great quality and very easy to clean.
Our gifted child cried through her homework every night because of anxiety. I read a little bit about weighted blankets so thought we would give this a try. She sits it on her lap and is able to focus better and there have been no tears for the last week!
This has a nice weight to it, and the fabric is great. However, it is a little noisy if you shift position as the weighted balls hit each other.
Very good quality! Soft, fun tactile design. Weight feels good. Haven't used it enough yet to know how it will work for my granddaughter.
I love the lap blanket and hope my grandson will too. I even enjoyed having it on my lap.
I have been very pleased with the quality of the lap pad and with the sensory "trifecta!" The handy zip carry bag is so appreciated as well, and makes this an easy item for me to bring to counseling appointments with sensory clients.
The blanket itself is nice, but it doesn‚Äôt come with the book as advertised. That‚Äôs not ok, especially when we know that the value of the book is included in the final price. I want to please have the book sent to my address.
I love this product. We have only had this product for 2 days but my 6 year old won't go anywhere without it. It is very calming for her and also helps her to focus better. I am so thankful for this product which has made her happier and much more behaviorally easy to manage!
I needed lap pads (or something) for college students to use when studying in very cold study rooms. I was familiar with weighted blankets and thought these might do. They are wonderful: small, soft, warm, and easily cleaned (machine washable and we have an Oreck flash ultralight for sanitizing). They came in their own heavy duty plastic and hemp bags which makes it easier for us to check them out from the front desk of the library. The company also sent us an ebook about nutrition that while our students aren't autistic seems somewhat irrelevant but had great nutritional tips for my family -- and other staff members felt the same. Very customer-centered company! I would definitely seek this company out again for other products.
Seems to be working well for my son. He grabs it when watching TV and has been taking it to bed. He hasn't been as anxious and wiggly for sure. He has also been sleeping through the night in his own bed with this. It is like a gentle hug for him.
My son loves his lap pad. He takes it on long trips on the road and it seems to calm him. He opened the package up and told me that he liked his lap pad a lot. It's perfect for road trips. I use it for when he goes to the dentist. It just gives you a 'hug' when you put in on your lap.
My son loves it! We want to order a blanket next.
My son actually enjoys sleeping with it so we've been using it as a mini blanket. He'll also sit with it it on him while he watches TV and it helps keep him calm for a bit.
Let me start off by saying I adore rhis lap pad and it could not be more perfect for my needs. However, I have some concerns about the company that makes it and their attitude to autism.I received an email today asking how my child liked their new lap pad. I replied saying *I* am liking it very much, thank you. It's exactly what I was after to handle my autistic meltdowns. However, as usual with companies like this, all their marketing and communication seems to have forgotten autistic adults exist. Moreover, they have some extremely harmful messaging on the product page: things like boasting that the can eliminate stimming. Stimming is healthy and natural for autistic children AND adults. This product isn't eliminating it, it's facilitating it. It's a stim tool! I bought this product because it looked like the best fit for me and indeed it is, but I did so with deep misgivings about the company making it. Receiving an email asking how my 'child' is liking my lap pad is just further proof that they are not in touch with the actual autistic community--only non-autistic parents of autistic children. Harkla has their needs in mind, not those of actual autistic people. But they can listen to us. They can do better.
This was perfect for my daughter to use on an airplane to help her through her fear of flying. It's ideal for use in places where a full-size weighted blanket is impractical. Thank you for a great product!
I bought it for my 5 year old nephew but it slides off his lap very easily which made it more of a distraction then a help. I however found it to be very relaxing to put on my lap while driving or when taking a nap. It seems to help me relax. So in short it is a good size for an adult, but maybe not for a young child
It was just as described.
Not too heavy, it is pretty discrete and we are allowed to use it at school to help with the anxiety.
Perfect size, perfect weigh, and the texture is great. I would make this purchase it again.
my 4 year old with ASD uses this every afternoon for his nap. very well made.
This worked really well to help keep my son focused during table work at his Pre-K. He likes it, and the carrying case is helpful.
My son loves his new lap pad. material is very soft
OT recommended a weighted blanket. My 4 year old has sensory sensitivities and this has been so helpful especially during night time. I ordered the lap pad because I wasnt sure if he would like it. It covers just his upper body and has helped him sleep. Tonight he asked if he could have a big blanket because his 'legs need to be covered too'. I just ordered the blanket and cant wait for it to get here because he will be so excited. We will start using the lap pad during the day and he will have his blanket at night. So thankful this worked because I havent slept well in weeks due to his sleep issues. The lap pad is really soft and comfortable. Most importantly the weight is perfect, 5lbs, and it brought comfort to my kiddo.
My daughter is using it at school when she needs it and it is helping with her anxiety.
It is perfect. Exactly what i had hoped for. Its soft, heavy and a great comfort. My only wish would be a broader range in color combinations, specifically purple (not every girl loves pink).
Great fabric, texture, weight, but it has a funny smell so my kids dont like it..
This chest sized pad works well for me, replacing a full body blanket (not weighted). I find that weight on my torso is all I need.
A week in with daily use in the classroom and it seems to be holding up well. The quality seems good and the stitching appears to be firm (I experienced an issue with my last lap pad in which the plastic bead filling kept leaking out). Shipping was very quick.
Hi .. I am just writing to tell you i loved your product which i bought especially for my mom .. she has restless foot syndrom .. she was very happy with it .. to the extend of buying 2 more from you .. waiting for it to come .. i want one for myself to put on my foot Instead of the pillows i use when i want to sleep .. by the way.. loved the blue and green combanation and hope you make more colors ‚ù§Ô∏è.. thanks
Quality product, soft, well made, my child uses it at school and likes it.
Still in the process of trying this with the child. Quality seemed great when it was received.
Very impressed with this item. I bought this for my two year old son who has SPD and noticed an immediate difference for him especially during bedtime. Since receiving the blanket he has stayed asleep in his own bed the last couple nights, which is great because he is normally a cosleeper.The blanket is great and provides him the comfort he needs. I will say that it is smaller than I expected, so I will be purchasing a different blanket in a bigger size for him. But still see this one being useful during car rides or at Nana's house.
My grandson, who is 7 years old, non verbal, and has autism, loves the lap pad blanket. He seems very comforted with it, and relaxed.
The material on this is great. Super soft and great quality.
Bought this for our daycare center. My kids love to use it during circle time. It helps them sit longer when necessary. We also use it to put the kids to sleep. They love it. We usually just put it on thier legs and they stop rolling around and fidgeting.
What an amazing product! I was all out of ideas, until I laid my eyes on this blanket! My student is very difficult, emotional, and hard to redirect to stay focused and on task. I ordered this blanket to try and use for her within the class on the rug during learning time. This worked like a charm! It made her feel special, as we described it as her tool, it calmed her and really worked to allow her to engage and stay focused!!I'm thrilled! thank you again!Louise
This is perfect for in class use. It doesn't look like a toy so it is more discrete. My son loves it.
Just as expected ! Its soft, weight is perfect and it helped my kid stay calmed for longer periods of time to concentrate on homeworks etc...
Pad came quickly and follow up from Harkla has been excellent. I like the pad for settling and calming stress. It is amazing that a little pad can help you feel more relaxed. I highly recommend weighted blankets and this is the perfect size to lay in your lap as an adult.
Nice blanket, thanks
Excellent quality- well sewn, nice soft fabrics. Great weight to it.
Grandson loves it and even wants to sleep with it. Calms him down.
I love my new lap pad
I gave this as a gift to my child's classmate who experiences Autism. His mother says he sleeps with it every night now. She was glad to know about this product.
Works great on our 2 yr old.
This is a great tool for my son. He is very fidgety while sitting and this helps him keep still and focus on what he is doing. He protested the weight at first, but now he likes the feel of it. I would recommend giving this blanket a try if you have a fidgety child.
This was a Christmas present for my wife. She loves it... If she loves it, I love it...no more need be said.
This lap pad is my 9 year old son new best friend. This thing works very well when he has to sit and do school work. It helps most when he is at school. Just speak with there teacher. If they don't allow it they don't want whats best for your child and you should maybe request a new teacher
Product as stated. Good quality. My daughter has not used it yet as it is a Christmas present.
Great quality! My toddler grandson, who has autism, seems to sleep much more soundly now. Thank you!
I‚Äôm a teacher and IÔ∏è bought this for one of my students. It is wonderful. He loves it.
Arrived quickly. Works as advertised. My kids like the texture and the weight.
An absolute must if you have an ADHD five year old. This lap pad helps my child settle down. She also uses it while doing homework. I have six children and I am also a nurse. I highly recommend this product and have also mentioned Harkla products to my child‚Äôs physician.
Love this product! Very well made, soft, no weird odor, and beautiful. It worked wonders for calming. Will definitely recommend this company and buy more products.
Great quality, extremely soft material and the weight is just right for my 8 year old Asperger son. He uses it during homework time, during his electronic time and also lays it over himself at bedtime... He loves how it makes him feel and he loves the texture and color of the material.