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.
LeMond founded Mosaic Weighted Blankets to address children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) including ADD/ADHD Spectrum Disorder, Asperger’s and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Says LeMond, “Weighted blankets are a miracle for these kids who respond well to deep pressure touch stimulation as therapy. We hear so many testimonials from parents who have seen their kids seriously slow down and calm themselves using their blanket as a touch point.”
The blankets are designed to provide deep pressure touch stimulation which helps the body relax. Like a massage, the moderate pressure applied to the body fosters the natural production of endorphins and serotonin, which is thought to provide a state of well-being and be helpful in inducing sleep. Serotonin transforms to melatonin, which research has shown helps maintain sleep throughout the night.
Research shows that children with ASD have more difficulty with sleep. And as many parents of children on the spectrum know first-hand, a child’s sleep issue impacts the parents and the rest of the family as well. Everyone can become sleep deprived.
LeMond has heard many stories from her customers. One 3 year old diagnosed with autism was restless at night and not able to relax and fall asleep. And once asleep he’d wake up several times crying. After receiving a weighted blanket, the mom said of her son, “He would sleep through the night with no crying and would sleep a good eight hours or more…his overall well-being has changed…we are all benefiting enormously from it.”
LeMond says hearing such positive stories from so many of her customers has motivated her to spread the word about the benefits of weighted blankets to kids on the spectrum, and that includes donating blankets to a variety of non-profits as well as supporting The Golden Hat Foundation. She said, “I started this company because of my own sensory integration issues.” Talk to her for a few minutes and you’ll see she truly cares and gets the challenges that these families are going through.
LeMond is proud of her support of the ASD community overall; she has been busily hanging up flyers to promote the August 17 Walk for Autism, and she hopes to see a huge turn-out from the community.