How I found out www.mosaicweightedblankets.com.
I’m probably not alone here, but I’ve never really liked going to the dentist. I’ve always been pretty good about brushing and flossing, so I’ve only had to endure cleanings and a couple cavities being filled. Regardless, I feel anxious on my way to the dentist and certainly when I sit down in the chair for the dental hygienist to begin her work. On a recent trip, I was pleased to learn that dental technology has evolved and they’ve finally done away with the bitewing x-ray plates. The bitewings are, or were, those uncomfortable pieces of cardboard or plastic they’d jam in your mouth before bringing that big x-ray tube right next to your cheek in order to take a picture of your teeth. The mention of bitewings and the feeling of them in the roof of my mouth only adds to the overall anxiety that I try to hide when visiting the dentist. The bitewings have gone digital and the new ones are far more comfortable. What they have not done away with though, is that heavy lead apron that they put over your body when they take the x-rays. It may sound odd, but I’ve always found a feeling of comfort and security when the apron is draped over me. I’ve never asked but, truth be told, I wouldn’t mind if they left it on for the duration of my visit. The timing of my dental appointment was quite ironic in that I’d just interviewed Michele Pullo of happycalmchild.com and she had mentioned the therapeutic effects of her happycalmchild Eye Pillows. The lead apron reminded me that I had heard of weighted blankets and weighted vests and their use with autistic children, so I decided to do a little searching on the Internet. I did a Google search for weighted blankets for ADHD and the first result was for Mosaic Weighted Blankets. The site is ranked first in Google for good reason – it has a significant amount of information regarding the use and benefit of weighted blankets in helping with a variety of issues/disorders to include ADD/ADHD, Autism, Obsessive Compulsive DIsorder, aggressive behavior, and similar conditions. The owner of the business, Laura Lemond, was kind enough to take a few minutes to answer some questions about how weighted blankets can help our children and even how we, as parents, can use them to help relax. Please tell us about your background and why you started Mosaic Weighted Blankets. I am a native Austinite and a graduate of the University of Texas. When I was born I was a twin and my mother was RH Negative (blood factor) so the doctor brought us six weeks early and gave us each blood transfusions. I weighed 4 lbs and I believe I had sensory integration related issues because of my stressful birth. In college I would put books on my feet to go to sleep (didn’t everyone? I thought) and then graduated to sandbags in my 30’s the pressure hit me right and made me relax and sleep. The sandbags moved around a lot inside the pillow case, so I decided to create a blanket. Eventually I had a blanket made that would provide the same amount of weight all over and then I found out about polypellets and came up with a sort of bean bag/blanket in 2010, and people started buying them, so here we are today. I have a lot of empathy for what my customers are going through, both as a parent and as a child. I was the original 1960s SPD kid with ADD tendencies. I had to wear 100% cotton clothes and in the 1960s and 1970s, when polyester was what everyone wore. I was a picky eater, very musical, loud noises still freak me out, I have strong likes and dislikes…my mom had to address all of those issues. In school, I had a messy desk and terrible handwriting, but in many ways excelled and enjoyed academics. I was super focused then, and now on any subject or genre that I find interesting, to the exclusion of other things. If SPD and ADD terminology was used then to describe kids, I would have been a classic case. Here is some more information about me: http://www.txconferenceforwomen.org/speakers/laura-lemond/ What are the benefits of weighted blankets for children with ADHD, aggressive behavior, or otherwise on the autism spectrum? This quote is from Psychology Today, it’s a great quote about why weighted blankets are effective from a medical standpoint: “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. 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) I see lots of people come in to try the blankets and it seems everyone has a touch point where they want the pressure of the blanket – shoulders, the lap, or the chest. For me it’s my lower legs and ankles and feet, pressure there just conks me out, it’s a godsend for the right patient. We have lots of customer testimonials and I talk to parents and caretakers every day, most of our customers mention ADD/ADHD, Autism. PTSD, panic/anxiety and sleep issues. I had one child who had aggressive behaviors and his mom and dad were trying to change his behavior – he would go burrow under the blanket and put it over his head in his bedroom and it helped him. I was so happy to hear that! Everyone seems to have a spot that triggers comfort. It can be anywhere on the body, but some triggers include the neck, shoulders, foot area, front or back of legs/ankles and main torso. Some people like to put the blanket over their head – whatever works for you, try different pressure points to see what kicks in the relaxation. Can they help with other disorders/symptoms? Weighted blankets help to stimulate the pineal gland (or the third eye) which is responsible for the body’s natural production of serotonin and melatonin. The pressure can cause more of those things to flow through the body, so it’s a natural organic solution. We see them help with older people or even mid life adults, teens and kids who cannot sleep – sleep is a first line defense for the whole body. Again, we see anxiety and panic disorder/PTSD patients that find significant relief from blankets. How do they work? Can you explain deep pressure touch stimulation? Much like massage, weighted blankets work by providing input to the deep pressure touch receptors throughout the body, and deep pressure touch helps the body relax. Like a firm hug, weighted blankets help us feel secure, grounded, and safe. Weighted blankets also help to stimulate the pineal gland (or the third eye) which produces the body’s natural production of serotonin and melatonin. so it’s a natural organic solution. My daughter has an exceptionally hard time settling down at night and falling asleep. Can a weighted blanket really help? We have lots of happy customers – here is one recent testimonial from a tired mom with a daughter who has been diagnosed with sensory processing disorder: “ I have to tell you. We received our beautiful blanket a few weeks ago, and I can not being to tell you what a difference this has made in my daughter’s life!!! She looks forward to going to bed (because she actually sleeps) and she wakes up in such an amazing mood! It’s as though I have a completely different child! The blanket is the perfect weight, it’s beautiful for a little girl, and it makes me want one for myself!!! Thank you for all your hard work and efforts! They have truly made a profound difference in our lives!!!” Best, Margie Can they help reduce stress for adults? Again we go back to the pineal gland. As we age, things like bleach and fluoride dull the pineal gland, so a weighted blanket can be a miracle for the right person if it touches on their sensory areas correctly for sleep and relaxation. We have many adult customers, in fact we sell probably more weighted blankets to adults for sleep issues, panic/anxiety, air travel, ADD, ADHD and autism. If readers want to learn more about you or Mosaic Weighted Blankets, where can they find more information? My website is www.mosaicweightedblankets.com and my Twitter handles are @MWBlankets and @LauraLeMond. Readers can email me directly at info@mosaicweightedblankets and they can find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mosaicblankets. Thank you, Laura, for taking time to provide readers with information about how weighted blankets can help them and their children. I will be ordering one for my daughter. My only concern is that she and I will be fighting over it. 🙂 Readers, have you ever tried a weighted blanket, or do you have any further questions about them? If so, please leave a comment below and Laura or I will be happy to help answer them for you.