We just got a lovely email from a customer, Megan. So nice to hear about her first trip to the ocean, and how her weighted blanket made the trip with her!
Megan’s first trip to the ocean, and her weighted blanket wasn’t far from her side
I just wanted to share a story about my travel-sized weighted blanket. This past weekend, I took my first ocean beach vacation together with my roommates. We went to Ocean City, MD, which is a few hours’ drive from here. I packed my bags and brought my weighted blanket along for the journey. I used it in the car, fidgeting with the blanket’s beads when I got nervous driving over the Bay Bridge, and snuggling with it in the front seat. My roommate and I had a fun conversation about Biblical prophecies along the way, too. Continue reading
We just got a wonderful email from a customer who was happy to have us share it with you… (we just love hearing from our customers!)…Tina’s son has had sleeping issues for years, and was diagnosed with learning disabilities and ADHD in the 6th grade.
Here is the letter:
My son, Ryan, was always a very “busy” child; he had to be on the move all the time, and his attention span was short regarding things that didn’t interest him. He never liked to sleep alone, and had trouble falling asleep as well as sleeping through the night.
At school, he did very well socially but always seemed to struggle with his writing, spelling and reading skills. Luckily, he attended a school that was very progressive and child centered, and thus was supportive and flexible to his needs during these early years. We also went through years of Occupational Therapy to support his challenges.
In the 6th grade, he started having to deal with standardized testing requirements, and we had him tested for “learning differences”. It was determined that he had Dyslexia (difficulty with reading fluency), Dysgraphia (difficulty with writing fluency), and ADHD (trouble with focusing for long periods of time).
Austin, Texas. June 29, 2013: News release.
Mosaic Weighted Blankets® today announced its sponsorship of The Golden Hat Foundation. Along with the company’s financial support of the non-profit’s fundraising efforts, founder Laura LeMond is encouraging local families to participate in the foundation’s upcoming August 17, Walk for Autism, to be held at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock. There will be a walk and parade, along with an interactive resource fair and many fun, family-themed activities. Registration and a donation page can be found at www.GoldenWalkForAutism.com.
The goal for the event is to raise $75 thousand to support The Golden Hat Foundation’s key mission, “To fuel the continuing efforts to increase awareness of the intellectual capabilities of those with autism.” In addition, funds will help with the establishment of an innovative living campus in the Austin, Texas area. The campus – along with others that will be built nationwide – will be designed to honor all individuals on the spectrum, providing an environment that supports their unique strengths and needs.
Mosaic Weighted Blankets® recently heard from our May blanket giveaway winner, Lizz.
Lizz entered our monthly drawing with a lot of enthusiasm, hoping that a weighted blanket might help calm her 6 year old son Brandon’s ADHD symptoms.
Brandon is very distracted and fidgets a lot. He has been diagnosed as having the combined form of ADHD, so he experiences symptoms relating to inattention as well as hyperactivity and impulsivity. Lizz has tried a variety of different ADHD medications to help reduce Brandon’s squirming and hyperactivity, but hasn’t found one that works well.
A friend of Lizz’s thought a weighted blanket might help him calm down during the daytime as well as help improve his ability to sleep at night. Lizz was so excited to hear that she was Mosaic Weighted Blankets May giveaway winner!
When she received Brandon’s new weighted blanket – a spiffy Rad Riders bike theme – she was really hoping it might offer some relief.
Mosaic Weighted Blankets® just issued its latest press release which focuses on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). And although it is a well-known problem for veterans, it is no longer the case that just combat soldiers are being diagnosed with the disease…surprisingly, as many as 7-8% of the US population will have PTSD sometime during their lives. It affects millions, and here are just a few of its victims:
- Health disease patients (cancer, heart attack, stroke): just getting diagnosed with a life-affecting disease can cause PTSD symptoms; factor in chemotherapy and fear of the future…and patients experience multiple layers of ongoing trauma
- People who have experienced childhood trauma or illnesses
- Children experiencing bullying, including cyber-bullying
- Community members witnessing traumatic events in the news (Boston Marathon bombing, Oklahoma tornado victims, 9/11) or in person
- Adopted children, especially those facing cultural and language changes
- And the list goes on…
Many nursing homes, hospital acute psychiatric wards and Occupational Therapists already use weighted blankets to help calm agitated patients. We came across two interesting articles we thought we’d pass on to you in case you are a caregiver of a dementia or Alzheimer’s loved one.
A special note to the many wonderful caregivers out there:
Mosaic Weighted Blankets® would like to acknowledge the challenging work that so many caregivers do each day. It is tough “work”, even when caring for a loved one… and although we know you’ve heard it a million times before, please take care of yourself! Make sure you take some respite time, eat well, get enough sleep, exercise and keep your own social connections. If you don’t, you will burn out, and then you won’t be of help to your loved one or your own family, or yourself! We personally think that you owe YOURSELF a nice weighted blanket!
We hope you are utilizing all of the great support services available should you have Alzheimer’s loved ones… for example, the Alzheimer’s Association has an incredible website with all sorts of helpful information, as well as community (support) forums and many helpful tools to assist you with your loved one’s care.
Another recent press release from Mosaic Weighted Blankets®. This release focuses on the wide range of health issues and mental anxieties that the weighted blanket’s deep pressure touch stimulation can help with. The release was picked up by hundreds of media and we’ll link to just one in case you want to see the release in its entirety. It basically says that weighted blankets can be a safe and effective non-drug therapy for anyone seeking a solution for loss of sleep or the need for calm. If you have one of our weighted blankets, I’m sure you would agree. If you don’t…read some of our blogs and customer stories, and maybe you’ll want to try one out.
Check out the Mosaic Weighted Blankets press release here.
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.
We are always looking for more inspiring customer stories to share with others (imagine if your story helped someone else with the same challenges!), so let us know what you think of your weighted blanket. Like us on Facebook, too. And share your thoughts with others relating to making life a bit less stressful for all.
Susan is a grandmother from California and recently shared this story with Mosaic Weighted Blankets®:
A Weighted Blanket Can Comfort Night Terrors and other PTSD symptoms
Night Terrors & PTSD:
About 9 months ago Susan’s adult daughter, Sharon, became the foster mom to a 3 year old boy named Joey. Joey continually experienced night terrors; he’d often toss and turn, and wake up throughout the night. Or he would sit up and scream. His night terrors literally kept his family up much of the night. Everyone was suffering from lack of sleep, and even therapy wasn’t helping resolve his flashbacks and night terrors. Surprisingly, Joey was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The family was really struggling.
We recently saw a wonderful photo that has been widely circulated on the internet and social media… we couldn’t help but feel that a weighted blanket would be “almost” as good as this dentist’s novel therapy to provide relaxation to his nervous patient! (we can’t compete with Fido…or can we?)
Mosaic Weighted Blankets applauds this dentist…he figured out another way to provide a “weighted blanket” and relaxation for his young patients!