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.”

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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.”



Mosaic Weighted Blankets offering Do It Youself Sew Kit – DIY

Can you sew?

Sew your own Weighted Blanket!

We know that many of our customers have people in their circle that can sew, so we have added DIY kits in all of our lovely solid colors!

 You can buy a kit and choose to make a solid blanket color, or pair our colored fabric with the a fun fabric print of your choice, pairing a solid on one side and a printed side on the other side of the blanket.

You can buy popular prints over the web or at your favorite local fabric store.

Each package contains prepackaged pellets, precut fabric and Mosaic Weighted Blanket instructions. 

We are committed to our customers and have heard what they have said to us about needing this option for blankets.

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How heavy should my weighted blanket be? Weight Chart Included!

Are you ordering a weighted blanket?

What is the best weight?  Is there a formula for weighted blankets?

We hear from customers every day, and wanted to share – the industry standard is that most OT’s and PTs recommend 10% of body weight plus a couple of pounds. Some people prefer more weight, some people prefer less weight.

If you or your loved one is a sensory person, with sensory processing disorder, or issues where you or your loved one are seeking cuddling or weight on you, any amount of weight will make you feel better, so you can rest assured when you order a weighted blanket, that there is no magic formula. Weighted blankets help, so we have created a chart with the lighter side of how much weight you should order to the heavier side of what you should order, depending on your weight. MWB has seen people order blankets that are too heavy, so we feel that if you choose the lighter side of the chart, it will still provide great benefits for sleep and relaxation.

Mosaic Weighted Blankets has taken orders for and sold over 1000 blankets to customers so we are sharing our experiences with you and our philosophy on what has worked with our customers.



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Walt Disney: ADHD

Walt Disney is thought to have had ADD/ADHD as a child. He obviously is highly creative and could conceive and draw out of his imagination onto paper.

Walt was definitely gifted, other things that allude to his ADHD

Preferred to spend his time drawing all of the time

Was a poor student

Dropped out of school at 16

Risk taker and emotional, tried to enlist in army at 16

Became a driver for the Red Cross overseas in France at 16 (risk taker)

Became a newspaper artist by the time he as 18

Innovator, experimented with animation on camera and opened his own animation business – first one in his field to do that

Brilliant – became an absolute icon and legend in his industry and sets the standard for all animation today.

One of the original founders of movies/animation industry in American industry.waltchild

Walt Disney is one of the most famous creators in the world; he built an empire that is still thriving fifty years in his absence. He succeeded in moving animation from a black –and-white novelty to a respected genre that would produce Oscar-worthy films. Walt Disney thrived to become one of the most influential figures in the entertainment industry – despite his ADHD.

During Walt Disney’s childhood he preferred to spend his time drawing and painting. Disney had to repeat a grade in school and he struggled to keep his grades up. In high school he took drawing and photography classes and attended the art academy in Chicago at night to enhance his talents. He participated in drawing competitions and contributed as a cartoonist for his high school paper.

He dropped out of high school at 16 and attempted to enlist in the army. He was rejected for being underage and he decided to join the Red Cross instead and was sent to France for a year to drive an ambulance.

After Disney returned from France, he pursued a career as a newspaper artist. He began to experiment with a camera and hand drawn animation and decided to open his own animation business. Disney only grew from there.

Walt Disney is a legend. His worldwide popularity to this day is based on the ideals his name represents: imagination, optimism, creativity and the self-made success of the American tradition. 

Sensory Processing Disorder Behaviors

caroline mosaic picture picIf your child has been diagnosed with SPD, or Sensory Processing Disorder, here is a go to list for behaviors…. Helpful


A weighted blanket can calm a child with SPD – it’s a strong tool to help your child when he or she is upset and needs quiet and calm down. A weighted blanket can be a miracle for the SPD kid who is wandering around at night and unable to go to sleep and stay asleep. Mosaic Weighted Blankets has many happy customers with SPD who have found comfort with a weighted blanket.


SPD Definitions/Behaviors


 1. Hypersensitivity To Touch (Tactile Defensiveness)


__ becomes fearful, anxious or aggressive with light or unexpected touch

__ as an infant, did/does not like to be held or cuddled; may arch back, cry, and pull away

__ distressed when diaper is being, or needs to be, changed

__ appears fearful of, or avoids standing in close proximity to other people or peers (especially in lines)

__ becomes frightened when touched from behind or by someone/something they can not see (such as under a blanket)

__ complains about having hair brushed; may be very picky about using a particular brush

__ bothered by rough bed sheets (i.e., if old and “bumpy”)

__ avoids group situations for fear of the unexpected touch

__ resists friendly or affectionate touch from anyone besides parents or siblings (and sometimes them too!)

__ dislikes kisses, will “wipe off” place where kissed

__ prefers hugs

__ a raindrop, water from the shower, or wind blowing on the skin may feel like torture and produce adverse and avoidance reactions

__ may overreact to minor cuts, scrapes, and or bug bites

__ avoids touching certain textures of material (blankets, rugs, stuffed animals)

__ refuses to wear new or stiff clothes, clothes with rough textures, turtlenecks, jeans, hats, or belts, etc.

__ avoids using hands for play

__ avoids/dislikes/aversive to “messy play”, i.e., sand, mud, water, glue, glitter, playdoh, slime, shaving cream/funny foam etc.

__ will be distressed by dirty hands and want to wipe or wash them frequently

__ excessively ticklish

__ distressed by seams in socks and may refuse to wear them

__ distressed by clothes rubbing on skin; may want to wear shorts and short sleeves year round, toddlers may prefer to be naked and pull diapers and clothes off constantly

__ or, may want to wear long sleeve shirts and long pants year round to avoid having skin exposed

__ distressed about having face washed

__ distressed about having hair, toenails, or fingernails cut

__ resists brushing teeth and is extremely fearful of the dentist

__ is a picky eater, only eating certain tastes and textures; mixed textures tend to be avoided as well as hot or cold foods; resists trying new foods

__ may refuse to walk barefoot on grass or sand

__ may walk on toes only


2. Hyposensitivity To Touch (Under-Responsive):


__ may crave touch, needs to touch everything and everyone

__ is not aware of being touched/bumped unless done with extreme force or intensity

__ is not bothered by injuries, like cuts and bruises, and shows no distress with shots (may even say they love getting shots!)

__ may not be aware that hands or face are dirty or feel his/her nose running

__ may be self-abusive; pinching, biting, or banging his own head

__ mouths objects excessively

__ frequently hurts other children or pets while playing

__ repeatedly touches surfaces or objects that are soothing (i.e., blanket)

__ seeks out surfaces and textures that provide strong tactile feedback

__ thoroughly enjoys and seeks out messy play

__ craves vibrating or strong sensory input

__ has a preference and craving for excessively spicy, sweet, sour, or salty foods


3. Poor Tactile Perception And Discrimination:


__ has difficulty with fine motor tasks such as buttoning, zipping, and fastening clothes

__ may not be able to identify which part of their body was touched if they were not looking

__ may be afraid of the dark

__ may be a messy dresser; looks disheveled, does not notice pants are twisted, shirt is half un tucked, shoes are untied, one pant leg is up and one is down, etc.

__ has difficulty using scissors, crayons, or silverware

__ continues to mouth objects to explore them even after age two

__ has difficulty figuring out physical characteristics of objects; shape, size, texture, temperature, weight, etc.

__ may not be able to identify objects by feel, uses vision to help; such as, reaching into backpack or desk to retrieve an item

Vestibular Sense: input from the inner ear about equilibrium, gravitational changes, movement experiences, and position in space.


Signs Of Vestibular Dysfunction:


1. Hypersensitivity To Movement (Over-Responsive):


__ avoids/dislikes playground equipment; i.e., swings, ladders, slides, or merry-go-rounds

__ prefers sedentary tasks, moves slowly and cautiously, avoids taking risks, and may appear “wimpy”

__ avoids/dislikes elevators and escalators; may prefer sitting while they are on them or, actually get motion sickness from them

__ may physically cling to an adult they trust

__ may appear terrified of falling even when there is no real risk of it

__ afraid of heights, even the height of a curb or step

__ fearful of feet leaving the ground

__ fearful of going up or down stairs or walking on uneven surfaces

__ afraid of being tipped upside down, sideways or backwards; will strongly resist getting hair washed over the sink

__ startles if someone else moves them; i.e., pushing his/her chair closer to the table

__ as an infant, may never have liked baby swings or jumpers

__ may be fearful of, and have difficulty riding a bike, jumping, hopping, or balancing on one foot (especially if eyes are closed)

__ may have disliked being placed on stomach as an infant

__ loses balance easily and may appear clumsy

__ fearful of activities which require good balance

__ avoids rapid or rotating movements


2. Hyposensitivity To Movement (Under-Responsive):


__ in constant motion, can’t seem to sit still

__ craves fast, spinning, and/or intense movement experiences

__ loves being tossed in the air

__ could spin for hours and never appear to be dizzy

__ loves the fast, intense, and/or scary rides at amusement parks

__ always jumping on furniture, trampolines, spinning in a swivel chair, or getting into upside down positions

__ loves to swing as high as possible and for long periods of time

__ is a “thrill-seeker”; dangerous at times

__ always running, jumping, hopping etc. instead of walking

__ rocks body, shakes leg, or head while sitting 

__ likes sudden or quick movements, such as, going over a big bump in the car or on a bike


3. Poor Muscle Tone And/Or Coordination:


__ has a limp, “floppy” body

__ frequently slumps, lies down, and/or leans head on hand or arm while working at his/her desk

__ difficulty simultaneously lifting head, arms, and legs off the floor while lying on stomach (“superman” position)

__ often sits in a “W sit” position on the floor to stabilize body

__ fatigues easily!

__ compensates for “looseness” by grasping objects tightly

__ difficulty turning doorknobs, handles, opening and closing items

__ difficulty catching him/her self if falling

__ difficulty getting dressed and doing fasteners, zippers, and buttons

__ may have never crawled as an baby

__ has poor body awareness; bumps into things, knocks things over, trips, and/or appears clumsy

__ poor gross motor skills; jumping, catching a ball, jumping jacks, climbing a ladder etc.

__ poor fine motor skills; difficulty using “tools”, such as pencils, silverware, combs, scissors etc.

__ may appear ambidextrous, frequently switching hands for coloring, cutting, writing etc.; does not have an established hand preference/dominance by 4 or 5 years old

__ has difficulty licking an ice cream cone

__ seems to be unsure about how to move body during movement, for example, stepping over something

__ difficulty learning exercise or dance steps

Proprioceptive Sense: input from the muscles and joints about body position, weight, pressure, stretch, movement, and changes in position in space.


Signs Of Proprioceptive Dysfunction:


1. Sensory Seeking Behaviors:


__ seeks out jumping, bumping, and crashing activities

__ stomps feet when walking

__ kicks his/her feet on floor or chair while sitting at desk/table

__ bites or sucks on fingers and/or frequently cracks his/her knuckles

__ loves to be tightly wrapped in many or weighted blankets, especially at bedtime

__ prefers clothes (and belts, hoods, shoelaces) to be as tight as possible

__ loves/seeks out “squishing” activities

__ enjoys bear hugs

__ excessive banging on/with toys and objects

__ loves “roughhousing” and tackling/wrestling games

__ frequently falls on floor intentionally

__ would jump on a trampoline for hours on end

__ grinds his/her teeth throughout the day

__ loves pushing/pulling/dragging objects

__ loves jumping off furniture or from high places

__ frequently hits, bumps or pushes other children

__ chews on pens, straws, shirt sleeves etc.

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A Mosaic Weighted Blanket can calm people who are ill, anxious or upset. They feel like a firm hug, making one feel relaxed and safe.

A Mosaic Weighted Blanket can calm people who are ill, anxious or upset. They feel like a firm hug, making one feel relaxed and safe.

Please come and join our affiliate program! If you are regularly suggesting or prescribing a weighted blanket, Mosaic offers a great product that you know you can reliably recommend to patients and clients.

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We offer affiliate sign up for Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Physicians, Psychiatrists and other medical professionals, or anyone who wants to recommend weighted blankets. We sell Mosaic Weighted Blankets, Wraps and Lap Pads to Doctor’s offices, Dental offices, ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) Therapy and Austim Centers, Assisted Living Centers, Hospitals, Schools and Non-Profit Assistance Organizations that employ Occupational, Speech, Physical and Art Therapists, Psychologists and Psychiatrists, Pediatricians, Special Education Teachers.

Weighted Blankets are regularly prescribed/recommended for many types of conditions, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADD/ADHD, SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder), Anxiety/Panic, PTSD, Sleep Disorders, Restless Leg Syndrome and other ailments that prevent patients from sleeping well through the night.

 Mosaic Weighted Blankets is one of the fastest growing weighted blanket companies in the United States and are now sold across the United States and Canada. We also ship internationally. We have a Just In Time production and delivery system to get the product to customers quickly. Jenny, an occupational therapist and one of our affiliates shares “I feel good about recommending Mosaic Weighted Blankets, they have great fabrics that kiddos will be attracted to, like Hello Kitty and Spiderman, they use 100% cotton and a wide variety of sizes for patients (children and adults) to select from. They are very responsive to helping the patient with picking the right size and weight for them, great customer service too. I am sending weighted blanket customers to them every month, and it’s nice to get a commission check and earn some extra income.”

“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,” Moore says. “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)

Mosaic Weighted Blankets are 100% cotton with commercial grade, non toxic poly pellets custom handmade products produced in Austin, Texas and represent a homeopathic way to increase melatonin and serotonin production during sleep to get a good night’s rest without taking drugs or medications that make you feel drowsy the next day. Instead, you will wake up feeling refreshed and clear after sleeping well all night.

Our goal is to help as many people we can by offering a product that will make a difference in their lives.  And we have done just that!  We have many testimonials from parents who have a child that has never slept through the night until they slept under a Mosaic Weighted Blanket.  Now they are sleeping through the night for the first time! Providing solid sleep and rest for not only the child but the parents too.

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Happy boy loves his Spiderman Weighted blanket

Another happy blanket customer, his mom sent us this note:

“Ashyr loves his  weighted blanket! 

8 year old boy loves his weighted blanket!

8 year old boy loves his weighted blanket!

He has one for school and this Spiderman one is for home. He’s now pretending to be Spiderman with it around the house lol”