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Memorial Day Reflections

All of us at Mosaic Weighted Blankets® are thinking about our military today. We hope you are, too…and that it just isn’t a “single-day” thing. Our troops are still all around the world, away from their own families. risking their lives on our behalf.  And those that have returned still need our support and care.

Thinking of our military today, and always...

Thinking of our military today, and always…

So this Memorial Day – or any day – send a letter of support to a soldier or a soldier’s family…thank them or ask them if you can help them in some way. Hire a veteran if you can. Hang the U.S. flag or visit a cemetery and place a flag or flower at a soldier’s grave. Reflect. Give blood. Pray. Check out a site like www.ourmilitary.mil for additional ways to support both active military personnel as well as veterans.

 

Occupational Therapy for Children with ADHD

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!”

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Mosaic Weighted Blankets: A Better Night’s Sleep

You’ll be seeing a lot of press activity in the coming weeks from Mosaic Weighted Blankets®. We are trying to get the good word out on all of the great customer testimonials that we have been collecting, as well as some of the new research that we keep coming across on all of the benefits of weighted blankets. We so very much appreciate all of our customers, as well as the recipients of our monthly blanket giveaways, who have been so good at providing us with many inspiring and heart-warming stories! Keep them coming…

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Several months ago we came out with a press release focused on getting a better night’s sleep, and we wanted to share it with you in case you missed it. It was picked up by hundreds of newspapers and blogs around the country, primarily in their “health and wellness” news…exciting!

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A weighted blanket brings relief to a family with sleep issues

When Theresa discovered Mosaic Weighted Blankets online, she knew her friend and single-mom, Isabel, needed to have one in her household. Isabel has two boys, ages 16 and 10. Her 10 year old, David, is the one who would benefit from weighted blanket therapy.

David has significant ADHDHe is constantly fidgeting and jumping around – he can’t even sit through a movie. David is also a sleepwalker and a very restless sleeper.  He is in constant motion virtually all the time. They tried medications but stimulants made him twitch so he couldn’t continue them. 

Mosaic Weighted Blanket in Use, testimonial“I am not kidding when I tell you, since he started sleeping with the blanket, he will go to bed, I will start reading a book to him and not 2 to 3 minutes later he is out cold.  He is sleeping through the night with very minimal movement now,” says Isabel.

In addition, it was always so difficult for Isabel to wake her son for school because he wasn’t getting enough sleep. Now, he is much easier to wake.

“What a difference this blanket has made in my life,” concludes Isabel. ” And David’s life too.” 

We hear from so many of our customers having ADHD and sleep challenges, that a weighted blanket has helped! We are so happy to have helped David and his family!

 

April Mosaic Weighted Blanket Giveaway

Did you know that Mosaic Weighted Blankets gives away a weighted blanket to one lucky fan every month?

It couldn’t be simpler to enter. Just complete the items in the Rafflecopter below. You earn a few  entry points for completing a couple of mandatory items — then you have the option of earning even more entry points by helping us spread the word about Mosaic Weighted Blankets and all of their therapeutic possibilities.

Just remember, you must share with us how you would use the weighted blanket in order for your entry to be valid. 

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Weighted Blankets 101

Most people don’t realize how therapeutic a weighted blanket can be — probably because it’s not an intuitive cause and effect that weight on the body would be relaxing. But it is just that.

The deep pressure of the weighted blanket causes the body to release natural chemicals, serotonin and endorphins, which naturally calm. It really is amazing that something as simple as a really heavy blanket can relieve so many things — from Autism to ADHD, anxiety to bipolar disorder, cerebral palsy to FASD, chronic pain to Fibromyalgia — a weighted blanket can provide relaxation, calm and even neurologically-induced-pain relief. 

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Share this graphic with anyone you know who may benefit from a weighted blanket — just copy and paste this URL in an email or on Facebook: http://blog.mosaicweightedblankets.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/weightedBlankets101_infographic.jpg.

Nothing Worth Having Comes Easy

Maybe a little weighted blanket therapy can help?

Our Top 3 Blogs on Sensory Processing Disorder

Oftentimes, the medical community leaves us confused and alone when it comes to diagnoses of the neuro-behavioral sort. The last thing a parent facing one of these disorders needs is to feel along though. The very last thing. In the olden-days, we were told to join a support group. These days, we have the internet.

Now resources are everywhere — resources to educate ourselves on our child’s diagnosis, resources to see what other parents with similar children are going through, and resources to ask for some been-there-done-that wisdom that a medical professional can’t provide — all on the Internet. And even sweeter, you can be completely anonymous in seeking this help, if that’s your thing. 

One of my favorite ways to find community and support is through blogs. They provide all that been-there-done-that wisdom that can be like a pot of gold for a parent just starting their journey with a child with a new diagnosis. And many blogs have a community, through the website itself or through other forum-type settings, like a Facebook page. 

Following are our Top 3 Blogs to follow on Sensory Processing Disorder/Sensory Integration Disorder:

 

1. The SPD Blogger Network: What’s better than one blogger’s story? The story of dozens of bloggers, all parenting a child with SPD, all in one place. That is the beauty of  The SPD Blogger Network. 

 

2. Voices of Sensory Processing Disorder: Again, a nice collaborative effort to bring many views and family stories about SPD. 

3. SPD Blog: This blog is unique in that it is written by an adult with SPD and autism. This perspective is so valuable when our children can’t express how they’re feeling or don’t know the way they’re feeling is different from others. 

Temple Grandin’s “squeeze machine” research suggests benefits of weighted blankets

An expert on animal behavior, Temple Grandin has designed humane handling systems for half the cattle-processing facilities in the US, and consults with the meat industry to develop animal welfare guidelines… Grandin’s books about her interior life as an autistic person have increased the world’s understanding of the condition with personal immediacy — and with import, as rates of autism diagnosis rise. She is revered by animal rights groups and members of autistic community, perhaps because in both regards she is a voice for those who are sometimes challenged to make themselves heard. [Bio from TED.com.]

Everyone in the Autism community knows very well who Temple Grandin is. She even became virtually a household name when Claire Danes brought her story to life in her namesake HBO movie, Temple Grandin, in 2010.

Dr. Grandin’s link to the Autism community is bigger than just having Autism herself though. Her work in cattle-processing actually has a direct link to Autism as well as other neuro-behavioral disabilities with a strong sensory processing component, like ADHD. Her studies have shown that deep pressure touch has a calming effect, not just in cattle, but in humans too. 

In 1992, Dr. Grandin published a paper titled “Calming Effects of Deep Touch Pressure in Patients with Autistic Disorder, College Students, and Animals” in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology.  The article outlined her studies on deep pressure touch therapy through use of  a “squeeze machine” — a device she created for her own distinct sensory needs as a person with Autism and a staunch sensory avoider. In her trials using the “squeeze machine” over the prior decade she concluded,

“It appears that the squeeze machine may be beneficial to some children with autistic disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and is of little value to others. Serious side effects appear to be minimal.
 
In treatment of children with autism, a very heterogeneous disorder, it is well-known that a treatment that works for one individual may be useless for another. It is possible that the squeeze machine will be most beneficial to those autistic people who have problems with over-sensitivity to sensory stimulation… Some individuals with autism, who have greater cognitive problems and relatively few sensory problems, may be less likely to benefit.”

Dr. Grandin’s sensory research is of great interest to us because our Weighted Blankets provide deep pressure touch to create calm — the same idea behind her “squeeze machine.” The deep pressure from the weight of these special blankets causes the body to produce serotonin and endorphins, which are the chemicals our bodies naturally use to feel relaxed or calm.

While there aren’t many scientific studies on the efficacy of weighted blankets, Dr. Grandin’s studies on deep pressure touch certainly point to a benefit, along with the praise of many children and adults who use them. 

{Watch Dr. Grandin’s TED Talk, “The world needs all kinds of minds,” in the video below.}

 

March Mosaic Weighted Blanket Giveaway

Did you know that Mosaic Weighted Blankets gives away a weighted blanket to one lucky fan every month?

It couldn’t be simpler to enter. Just complete the items in the Rafflecopter below. You earn a few  entry points for completing a couple of mandatory items — then you have the option of earning even more entry points by helping us spread the word about Mosaic Weighted Blankets and all of their therapeutic possibilities. 

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