We came across an interesting post on WebMD that we thought we’d share with you that includes the use of weighted blankets as a therapy for children with ADHD. The article talks about how occupational therapists were using a technique called, sensory integrative therapy, as a part of the overall treatment for children with ADHD. Weighted blankets were just one example used in their treatment strategy.
We have had many customers tell us and write us about the benefits of their ADHD child’s weighted blanket. Last month we talked about a testimonial we received from a mom telling us how her ADHD’s son’s weighted blanket was helping him (and her!) sleep through the night. Yes! Another such example of a testimonial we also received just this past April was a blog post from Penny W, who shared: “We have weighted blankets from Mosaic Weighted Blankets in our house for my son who has ADHD and SPD and for my Fibromyalgia and Restless Leg Syndrome. They are fantastic therapy tools!”
I think most people know how prevalent ADHD is in children today, the same article points out that it is one of the most common mental health challenges in kids, and that 3-7% of children are diagnosed with it (some 2 million kids in America!). ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is typically treated with behavioral interventions, therapy, medications…and now this article calls out the idea of testing/treating kids for sensory processing disorders as well.
The WebMD article, “Occupational Therapy for Children with ADHD” provides some good background on ADHD (with many links for additional info, including an excellent slide-show which shows the difference of what is happening in the brain of a child diagnosed with ADHD and a child not having ADHD), an overview of what an Occupational Therapist (OT) can do for families with ADHD children, how to find an OT, and more. OTs typically are focused on helping ADHD children with organization challenges, improvements to social skills, improvements to time-management and focus skills, and help with physical coordination and calming strategies.
Let us know if you have seen any successful strategies relating to ADHD that you would like to share…