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Walk Now for Autism Speaks! Sept 28th in Austin!

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Last year’s walk…photo by Shannon Kintner

Mosaic Weighted Blankets is supporting the upcoming 2013 Greater Austin Walk Now for Autism Speaks event! Hope you will consider joining in the fun, stop by and say “hey” at our booth at the resource fair…

Mosaic Weighted Blankets® founder Laura LeMond is encouraging local families to participate in this year’s, 2013 Greater Austin Walk Now for Autism Speaks. The event is to be held on September 28th, at Camp Mabry in Austin.  Along with the walk there will be an Autism-focused resource fair and lots of kid-friendly fun.  Registration and a donation page can be found at http://ow.ly/nUilS. Walkers can register the day of the event starting at 8:30, although event organizers are encouraging online registration to assist with planning purposes. Registration is free. 

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).  She proudly supports the ASD community, and on behalf of her company she has once again donated in support of the local Autism Speaks event. She is looking forward to a large turn-out for the walk and is participating in the resource fair. Come by and check out Mosaic Weighted Blankets’ booth!

LeMond will be continuing to spread the word about the benefits of her weighted blankets to kids on the spectrum. The blankets are designed to provide deep pressure touch stimulation which helps many kids on the spectrum calm down and get a better night’s sleep.  The moderate pressure applied to the body (like a massage) fosters the natural production of serotonin, which is thought to provide a state of well-being and be helpful in inducing sleep. Serotonin transforms naturally in the body to melatonin, which research has shown helps maintain sleep throughout the night. Research with children with ASD has shown that melatonin supplements can help with many sleep issues. However, melatonin comes in a variety of formulations (sometimes mixed with vitamins and other chemicals) and not much is known about potential adverse effects. The natural production of melatonin by the body is the perfect answer. Plus kids on the spectrum tend to gravitate to the experience of being swaddled; a feeling of self-holding or of being held in a firm hug.

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Know any little “Spider-men” who might like a weighted blanket?

The blankets are made to be light weight and breathe, filled with non-toxic poly-pellets hand-sewn into individual quilted squares, which weigh down the blanket for its therapeutic effect. The individual squares are like little bean bags. The blankets are made with professional grade materials to withstand washing, dragging, chewing and fidgeting. Cute patterns such as aliens, planets, candy-stripe, and many more are available.

LeMond hopes to see another year of great support at the Autism Speaks event! Drop by and see what a weighted blanket is all about. Register today for the walk and consider making a donation for the worthwhile cause. 

For more information, call 512-567-8943, email laura@mosaicweightedblankets.com or visit http://www.mosaicweightedblankets.com/.

 

 


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