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Hi there! I asked Laura at Mosaic Weighted blankets if she would be willing to write a guest post for my website about weighted blankets. As a mom of two kids with Sensory Processing Disorder, I can honestly say that weighted blankets have made a “ginormous” difference in the lives of my two SPD kiddos…and in mine as well. I hope that you find this as informative and helpful as I did. Shoot, after reading that using a weighted blanket can affect the pineal gland of the brain and possibly help my body produce more serotonin and melatonin, I think it’s time I set aside the funds to get a weighted blanket of my own! (I’ve been wanting one for ages now, anyway.)  :-)  

Who can a weighted blanket help? (Are they just for kids?)

September 16, 2014Mosaic Weighted Blankets

Some people think that weighted blankets are just for kids.

That’s not true! A grownup can have issues that affect the nervous system, including SPD (sensory processing disorder), ADHD, Autism and Aspergers Syndrome. We sell blankets to many children and adults with these disorders.

Some people have trouble with naturally falling asleep, many suffer from sleep issues, in fact 22 million (about 20% of the US population) has trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep. We have lots of happy customers who have reported back that they are sleeping better and longer with a weighted blanket.

Another issue that a weighted blanket can help is anxiety – it’s estimated that about 18% of our society has anxiety issues (18 million), our blankets help this population as well -they provide calm and comfort.

One of our best selling blankets is our large weighted blanket (42 inches by 72 inches) it’s the size of a twin size bed spread. Did you know that a weighted blanket that is 5% to 10% of your body weight can engage your sleep hormones and help you rest longer and attain a better level of sleep?

Adult Weighted Blanket

 

There is a gland in the back of our brains called the pineal gland that expresses serotonin and melatonin and the pressure of a weighted blanket causes it to put more of that into your system at night. Even a small increase in the brain can make a huge difference for sleep. A weighted blanket can be a real miracle for the right person.

What’s the right weight for you? We recommend 5% to 10% of your ideal body weight.benefits of weighted blankets

Our customers tell us “This product is fantastic!! It feels really good and relaxing. Laura makes the process easy and fun. I really enjoyed picking out the fabric. I would recommend weighted blankets to everyone!!” and another one says “I haven’t slept this well in years… the last time I slept this well I was 16 years old.”

So grab your weighted blanket at night… just like you would have a cup of coffee in the morning, and see if it doesn’t help. We have evidence that this small change can help your quality of life.

For an adult Large weighted blanket, again, you need 5% to 10% of ideal body weight for both of the Women’s and Men’s sizes.

For more information or to order a weighted blanket, please visit Mosaic Weighted Blanketsonline at www.MosaicWeightedBlankets.com

You can also follow Mosaic on Facebook.

Mindy here: I just wanted to add my own personal testimonial ~ 
My youngest daughter was never able to sleep more than a few hours at a time. When she turned 2, she was still waking as often as a newborn. Needless to say, we were both tired. Shoot, let’s just keep it real – I was an exhausted mess. Sleep deprivation will do that to ya! At our first visit with the occupational therapist, right after her 2nd birthday, it was suggested that we might benefit from a weighted blanket. I was up for anything at that point, and I had read about weighted blankets but

This photo is of my own daughter sleeping peacefully with her weighted blanket.

didn’t know if they would help my little one. Well, the first night we used a weighted blanket, my little munchkin slept through the night without waking even once!! This was an answer to prayer!! For the next two weeks she slept through the night every single night. It was like heaven to this worn-out mama! We have been using a weighted blanket for her (and for my oldest daughter who has SPD) ever since, and will never go back. Not only does it help her to sleep better (and in all honesty, she still wakes a lot at night…but nothing like she used to!!), but it helps her to settle and relax, and when her body gets out of whack, lying under the sensory blanket helps her a lot in resettling. My oldest says she falls asleep more easily with her weighted blanket, and she feels more secure sleeping with it. (She tends to be a fearful child, but the weight of the blanket seems to help a lot with that.)

Shoot, I have used my kids weighted blankets a time or two, and I love them as well!! One of these days (soon, I hope!) I am going to get one for myself. They really are super nice and a great way to settle your body and feel more grounded. 

 

visit to dentist chair man finds weighted blankets work

Chill under a weighted blanket

Chill under a weighted blanket

How I found out www.mosaicweightedblankets.com.

I’m probably not alone here, but I’ve never really liked going to the dentist. I’ve always been pretty good about brushing and flossing, so I’ve only had to endure cleanings and a couple cavities being filled. Regardless, I feel anxious on my way to the dentist and certainly when I sit down in the chair for the dental hygienist to begin her work. On a recent trip, I was pleased to learn that dental technology has evolved and they’ve finally done away with the bitewing x-ray plates. The bitewings are, or were, those uncomfortable pieces of cardboard or plastic they’d jam in your mouth before bringing that big x-ray tube right next to your cheek in order to take a picture of your teeth. The mention of bitewings and the feeling of them in the roof of my mouth only adds to the overall anxiety that I try to hide when visiting the dentist. The bitewings have gone digital and the new ones are far more comfortable. What they have not done away with though, is that heavy lead apron that they put over your body when they take the x-rays. It may sound odd, but I’ve always found a feeling of comfort and security when the apron is draped over me. I’ve never asked but, truth be told, I wouldn’t mind if they left it on for the duration of my visit. The timing of my dental appointment was quite ironic in that I’d just interviewed Michele Pullo of happycalmchild.com and she had mentioned the therapeutic effects of her happycalmchild Eye Pillows. The lead apron reminded me that I had heard of weighted blankets and weighted vests and their use with autistic children, so I decided to do a little searching on the Internet. I did a Google search for weighted blankets for ADHD and the first result was for Mosaic Weighted Blankets. The site is ranked first in Google for good reason – it has a significant amount of information regarding the use and benefit of weighted blankets in helping with a variety of issues/disorders to include ADD/ADHD, Autism, Obsessive Compulsive DIsorder, aggressive behavior, and similar conditions. The owner of the business, Laura Lemond, was kind enough to take a few minutes to answer some questions about how weighted blankets can help our children and even how we, as parents, can use them to help relax. Please tell us about your background and why you started Mosaic Weighted Blankets. I am a native Austinite and a graduate of the University of Texas. When I was born I was a twin and my mother was RH Negative (blood factor) so the doctor brought us six weeks early and gave us each blood transfusions. I weighed 4 lbs and I believe I had sensory integration related issues because of my stressful birth. In college I would put books on my feet to go to sleep (didn’t everyone? I thought) and then graduated to sandbags in my 30’s the pressure hit me right and made me relax and sleep. The sandbags moved around a lot inside the pillow case, so I decided to create a blanket. Eventually I had a blanket made that would provide the same amount of weight all over and then I found out about polypellets and came up with a sort of bean bag/blanket in 2010, and people started buying them, so here we are today. I have a lot of empathy for what my customers are going through, both as a parent and as a child. I was the original 1960s SPD kid with ADD tendencies. I had to wear 100% cotton clothes and in the 1960s and 1970s, when polyester was what everyone wore. I was a picky eater, very musical, loud noises still freak me out, I have strong likes and dislikes…my mom had to address all of those issues. In school, I had a messy desk and terrible handwriting, but in many ways excelled and enjoyed academics. I was super focused then, and now on any subject or genre that I find interesting, to the exclusion of other things. If SPD and ADD terminology was used then to describe kids, I would have been a classic case. Here is some more information about me: http://www.txconferenceforwomen.org/speakers/laura-lemond/ What are the benefits of weighted blankets for children with ADHD, aggressive behavior, or otherwise on the autism spectrum? This quote is from Psychology Today, it’s a great quote about why weighted blankets are effective from a medical standpoint: “In psychiatric care, weighted blankets are one of our most powerful tools for helping people who are anxious, upset, and possibly on the verge of losing control,” says Karen Moore, OTR/L, an occupational therapist in Franconia, N.H. “These blankets work by providing input to the deep pressure touch receptors throughout the body. Deep pressure touch helps the body relax. Like a firm hug, weighted blankets help us feel secure, grounded, and safe.” Moore says this is the reason many people like to sleep under a comforter even in summer. (Source: Psychology Today) I see lots of people come in to try the blankets and it seems everyone has a touch point where they want the pressure of the blanket – shoulders, the lap, or the chest. For me it’s my lower legs and ankles and feet, pressure there just conks me out, it’s a godsend for the right patient. We have lots of customer testimonials and I talk to parents and caretakers every day, most of our customers mention ADD/ADHD, Autism. PTSD, panic/anxiety and sleep issues. I had one child who had aggressive behaviors and his mom and dad were trying to change his behavior – he would go burrow under the blanket and put it over his head in his bedroom and it helped him. I was so happy to hear that! Everyone seems to have a spot that triggers comfort. It can be anywhere on the body, but some triggers include the neck, shoulders, foot area, front or back of legs/ankles and main torso. Some people like to put the blanket over their head – whatever works for you, try different pressure points to see what kicks in the relaxation. Can they help with other disorders/symptoms? Weighted blankets help to stimulate the pineal gland (or the third eye) which is responsible for the body’s natural production of serotonin and melatonin. The pressure can cause more of those things to flow through the body, so it’s a natural organic solution. We see them help with older people or even mid life adults, teens and kids who cannot sleep – sleep is a first line defense for the whole body. Again, we see anxiety and panic disorder/PTSD patients that find significant relief from blankets. How do they work? Can you explain deep pressure touch stimulation? Much like massage, weighted blankets work by providing input to the deep pressure touch receptors throughout the body, and deep pressure touch helps the body relax. Like a firm hug, weighted blankets help us feel secure, grounded, and safe. Weighted blankets also help to stimulate the pineal gland (or the third eye) which produces the body’s natural production of serotonin and melatonin. so it’s a natural organic solution. My daughter has an exceptionally hard time settling down at night and falling asleep. Can a weighted blanket really help? We have lots of happy customers – here is one recent testimonial from a tired mom with a daughter who has been diagnosed with sensory processing disorder: “ I have to tell you. We received our beautiful blanket a few weeks ago, and I can not being to tell you what a difference this has made in my daughter’s life!!! She looks forward to going to bed (because she actually sleeps) and she wakes up in such an amazing mood! It’s as though I have a completely different child! The blanket is the perfect weight, it’s beautiful for a little girl, and it makes me want one for myself!!! Thank you for all your hard work and efforts! They have truly made a profound difference in our lives!!!” Best, Margie Can they help reduce stress for adults? Again we go back to the pineal gland. As we age, things like bleach and fluoride dull the pineal gland, so a weighted blanket can be a miracle for the right person if it touches on their sensory areas correctly for sleep and relaxation. We have many adult customers, in fact we sell probably more weighted blankets to adults for sleep issues, panic/anxiety, air travel, ADD, ADHD and autism. If readers want to learn more about you or Mosaic Weighted Blankets, where can they find more information? My website is www.mosaicweightedblankets.com and my Twitter handles are @MWBlankets and @LauraLeMond. Readers can email me directly at info@mosaicweightedblankets and they can find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mosaicblankets. Thank you, Laura, for taking time to provide readers with information about how weighted blankets can help them and their children. I will be ordering one for my daughter. My only concern is that she and I will be fighting over it. :) Readers, have you ever tried a weighted blanket, or do you have any further questions about them? If so, please leave a comment below and Laura or I will be happy to help answer them for you.

Why you should chill under a weighted blanket

Chill under a weighted blanket

Chill under a weighted blanket

Why should you chill under a weighted blanket?

The benefits of weighted blankets can be traced back to the Mother’s womb. Before entering the world, infant is held tight inside the womb where they are shielded from sensory perceptions from most of the new world they enter.

As children grow, most learn to adapt to new environment stimuli such as light, sounds and movements from things around them. Some babies do not adapt well to their new environment and suffer from sensory processing disorders.

Sensory Processing Disorder SPD is a term used to describe the inability to efficiently and correctly process sensory information coming to the brain from the environment. Touch, taste, smell, sight and sound are most frequently referred to as the senses, however the body also senses movement, force of gravity and body position through the muscles and joints.

Children, teens and adults with Autism do not regulate sensory input well, which is referred to as Proprioception. Children with Sensory Processing Disorder often benefit from a weighted blanket to help their body organize and process sensory input so that they are less restless and fidgety and allow most individuals to sleep better during the night.

Mosaic Weighted Blankets are made custom height and weight for maximum comfort. For more information contact info@mosaicweightedblankets.com and check out our products at www.mosaicweightedblankets.com.

Benefits of Weighted Blankets for Autism at any age

The Benefits of Weighted Blankets for Autism and Aspergers

 

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) describes five disorders that fall under the category of adhdblankets.jpgpervasive development disorders, and they include:

  1. Autism
  2. Asperger Syndrome
  3. Childhood Disintegrative Disorder
  4. Rett Syndrome
  5. Pervasive Development Disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS).

Children afflicted with one of these disorders typically have problems communicating, engage in repetitive actions or behaviors, lack social skills and show slow cognitive development. Symptoms of Autism or Asperger Syndrome  can be seen in children as young as 18 months old.

These children and their parents face many challenges each and every day, and while there are several treatments and therapies designed specifically for children with Autism or Aspergers, the Mosaic Weighted Blanket® can be an enormous help to both the patients and their families.

When the child is awake, drape it across his lap or around his shoulders. The deep pressure touch stimulation brought about by the blanket will produce serotonin in the child, which is a hormone that will help to calm him down and produce a happier frame of mind.

At bedtime, cover your little one with the weighted blanket to once again help the production of serotonin, which will lead to the production of melatonin–the hormone that helps us achieve a peaceful, restful night’s sleep.

We sell a number of weighted  blankets and see that this population of children teens and adults really embrace a weighted blanket as a sensory and therapy tool.

Who can a weighted blanket help? (Are they just for kids?)

Some people think that weighted blankets are just for kids.

That’s not true! A grownup can have issues that affect the nervous system, including  SPD (sensory processing disorder) ADHD, Autism and Aspergers Syndrome.  We sell blankets to many children and adults  with these disorders.

Some people have trouble with naturally falling asleep, many suffer from sleep issues, in fact 22 Million (about 20% of the US population) has trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep. We have lots of happy customers who have reported back that they are sleeping better and longer with a weighted blanket.

Another issue that a weighted blanket can help is anxiety – it’s estimated that about 18% of our society has anxiety issues (18 million), our blankets help this population as well -they provide calm and comfort.

One of our best selling blankets is our large weighted blanket (42 inches by 72 inches) it’s the size of a twin size bed spread.  Did you know that a weighted blanket that is 5% to 10% of your body weight  can engage your sleep hormones and help you rest longer and attain a better level of sleep?

There is a gland in the back of our brains called the pineal Gland that expresses serotonin and melatonin and the pressure of a weighted blanket causes it to put more of that into your system at night. Even a small increase in  the brain can make a huge difference for sleep. A weighted blanket can be a real miracle for the right person.

What’s the right weight for you?  We recommend 5% to 10% of your ideal body weight.

Our customers tell us  “This product is fantastic!! It feels really good and relaxing. Laura makes the process easy and fun. I really enjoyed picking out the fabric. I would recommend weighted blankets to everyone!! and another one says “I haven’t slept this well in years… the last time I slept this well I was 16 years old.”

So grab your weighted blanket at night… just like you would have a cup of coffee in the morning, and see if it doesn’t help.  We have evidence that this small change can help your quality of life.

For an adult Large weighted blanket again, you need 5% to 10% of ideal body weight for both of the Women’s and Men’s sizes. sittinguplady_on_couch

Sleep better, longer with weighted blanket – change your life

How well are you sleeping? We see mattress ads all over the place, customers spend tons of money on a good mattress… but don’t realize how a relative amount of weight on top of you in an evenly weighted blanket (pressure per square inch) can help you engage your sleep hormones to rest and attain a deeper level of sleep.

A weighted blanket can engage:

Your Parasympathetic nervous system (calming to your nervous system)

Your Pineal gland (place in the back of your brain that produces serotonin and melatonin)

to produce more natural sleep hormones… melatonin and serotonin for a comforting night’s sleep –  without a pill you can train your body and pressure points to instantly calm and produce nice sleepy hormones just by sleeping with a weighted blanket!

We recommend 5% to 10% of ideal body weight to aid sleep with a weighted blanket

We received this from Bridget this week , who wrote us to let us know how our product has helped her.


Titled – Changed my life! 

Reviewer Rated 5 out of 5 stars by reviewer
Product: Adult Weighted Blanket – Pink Floral & Bird with Pink Marble 
Posted By: Bridget 

“I suffer from anxiety and PTSD. I purchased this blanket to help be with those two problems.
Not only am I sleeping better/feeling calm, I am having the added benefit of experiencing less pain in my day to day life. My back and hips have greatly benefited from this blanket as well. That really has surprised me! 
The blanket is well made and I have already had to wash it and it washed beautifully. 
Thank you so very much!”

Let us know how we can lull you to sleep under a weighted blanket today! www.mosaicweightedblankets.comsleeping

Signs of Aspergers in young children – weighted blankets are a sensory tool that can help

As we head back to school, kids will be visiting pediatricians and receiving all kinds of info. Here is a great article on Aspergers from Pop Sugar moms and signs to look for in children at a young age.autistic_yellow

1. Fixation on One Activity

Many children with Asperger’s syndrome are preoccupied with a single or a few interests and focus on them for hours on end. As Circle of Moms member Karen R. shares: “The most common report from every parent I know . . . is that their kid fixated on something (their cars, their blue toys, their books) and played or attended [to] that thing for an outrageously long time.”

2. “Little Professor” Speech

“Typically a child with Asperger’s sounds like a little professor,” shares one Circle of Momsmember, Sheila D. “They tend to have advanced verbal skills, but due to the autism aspect of the syndrome they might seem fixated on a topic that they want to talk about all the time.” Children with Asperger’s syndrome may also speak more formally than usual for their age or prefer talking to adults.

3. Difficulty Reading Social Cues

Social difficulties are another key sign of Asperger’s syndrome. Reading body language may be hard, as well as taking turns or holding a conversation. As Eliana F. shares: “Group work at school is also hard for him, as he does not understand waiting his turn or accepting others point of view.” Similarly, Colleen notes: “My son is very social, but he doesn’t engage in two way conversations. He just talks and talks.” As a result of their social difficulties, children with Asperger’s syndrome may seem isolated from their peers.

4. Need For Routine

Structure plays a big part in our lives now,” shares Wendy B. Like many children with Asperger’s syndrome, Wendy’s granddaughter needs routines. “Otherwise it is very confusing for her. So shower is at 8:30 p.m. Bedtime is at 9:30 p.m. Breakfast at 8:30 a.m., lunch at 12, supper at 6. You get the message, very structured. If I want to take her shopping, I start telling her a few days ahead — that way, it doesn’t upset her, but we still follow the same routine.”

5. Emotional Meltdowns

“My boy tends to have meltdowns when he gets overwhelmed,” shares Circle of Moms member Ylice. She’s not alone: many children with Asperger’s syndrome can’t handle routines or plans going awry. Amanda B. describes it as an “inability to control emotions when things are ‘out of order.'” 

6. Lack of Empathy

Another sign of Asperger’s syndrome is a seeming lack of empathy for others. Jennifer B. explains that her daughter “has no clue that people around here have feelings or wants and needs. She’s kinda like in her own little bubble as far as that goes. She can be totally aloof, in the clouds.”

7. Can’t Understand Speech Subtleties

Some people with Asperger’s syndrom have a hard time understanding speech tone, pitch, and accent. As Alice D. explains, they may take words very literally and be unable to understand sarcasm or jokes: “He doesn’t get jokes and things like that — he can’t tell if someone is kidding or if they are being serious.”

8. Unusual Body Language

Other signs of Asperger’s syndrome include unusual facial expressions or postures, and either staring a lot at others or avoiding eye contact altogether. Dana W. relays of her brother with Asperger’s syndrome: “He would never ever look people in the eyes.”

9. Delayed Motor Development

From handwriting to riding a bike, poor or delayed motor skills of many kinds could be a sign of Asperger’s syndrome. As Kim F. shares of her son, who was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome in the second grade, “He was not athletic and had poor motor skills. Couldn’t skip, gallop etc.”

10. Sensory Sensitivities

Many children with Asperger’s syndrome have heightened sensory sensitivity. As a result, they can be easily overstimulated by certain sensations, whether it’s strong lights, loud noises, or textures. Jennifer B. notes of her daughter: “Even now she doesn’t like wearing some fabrics because of the way they feel. There are some sensations that she just does not like! Certain sounds, touches, etc.”

If you think your child may have Asperger’s syndrome, many readers say that the best path is to get an expert’s evaluation as soon as possible. And don’t be discouraged! As Sheila D. wisely advises: “It is typical to be scared and nervous, but a diagnosis of Asperger’s is not the end of the road for your child. It is a tool that will help you to help your child navigate a very different path than his ‘neurotypical’ peers. Find a local support group. Get informed, and be the best mom you can be.”

Mosaic Teams with nonperfectingparenting.com for monthly giveaway July SPD child loves her weighted blanket!

We received a lovely email from our non perfect parenting blanket giveaway for July – this young lady has SPD and other issues and she loves her blanket! The smile on her face shines all the way from AZ.

Weighted blankets help children with Sensory Processing Disorder or SPD – the results can can be great for a kid who needs to calm down

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Pokemon Creator has Autism

As children, my kids favorite overall character was Pokemon. Once again, we have discovered absolute genius from someone who has Autism. 

Satoshi Tajiri, the creator of Pokemon, is one of the most important developers working in video games today. Tajiri was autistic. He came up with the idea of Pokemon from his childhood hobby of collecting bugs. Pokemon went on to be so successful that only one franchise, Super Mario, has sold more copies. 

• In high school, Tajiri played video games so obsessively that he almost didn’t graduate from high school. 

• After he graduated he chose to attend a 2-year trade school to learn about electronics. 

• Tajiri’s form of autism is called Asperger syndrome. Because he is autistic, Tajiri’s mind works differently. 

• An average human brain processes about 13 to 30 cycles of brain wave energy per second where as individuals with autism can process up to 250,000 cycles of brain wave energy per second. 

• Tajiri’s peers described him as incredibly creative but “eccentric” and excessively shy and “reclusive.”

• These are common attributes for those with Asperger’s, they are high functioning but social interaction is difficult for them. 

In light of these obstacles, Tajiri found his passion in life and become immensely successful. Tajiri is an inspiration.satoshi tajiri brasil pokemon

Customer tell how a weighted blanket can help with panic and anxiety

Did you know that a weighted blanket can help with panic and anxiety?

 

lady_on_couchWe have happy customers out there that are feeling better under their Mosaic weighted blanket to cuddle up under at night, or to grab onto when they feel panicky and anxious.

 

Weighted blankets help to increase the production of serotonin and melatonin, the “feel good” hormones, as regulated by a part of the brain called the pineal gland.

 

We have several happy customers who have provided feedback on their weighted blanket:

 

“I don’t know about everyone, but I feel anxious sometimes, and my weighted blanket calms me down.” Aug 2013

 

“I haven’t slept this well since I was 16, haven’t slept this well in years!” Dec 2013

 

“I’m a teacher and this is a great therapy tool to help kids who feel out of control. Great solution for kids who get overwhelmed at times. I have ordered one for my classroom for those instances. It worked so well I bought one for myself at home. I got it in colors that I really liked.” April 2014

 

“ I live alone. When I have meltdowns my brother would put me in a tight hold which always calms me down. My speech therapist recommended a weighted blanket. I love it. I also use the blanket to sleep. For many years I have not slept very good. Because my mind won’t turn off. The blanket helps me to calm down, enough that I can fall asleep and sleep throughout the whole night. It was rare to sleep thoughout the night. Thank you. I am finally sleeping. It’s does help a lot.”