A new approach to ADHD and Autism

Have you heard of weighted therapy English recommendation form? No, it has nothing to do with diets or losing weight! It’s something that’s being used to help calm and centre children or adults who are dealing with ADHD, or are on the autism spectrum.

Coping with ADHD or being on the autism spectrum brings a special set of challenges – anxiety and hyperactivity are just two of the issues you may be facing. This is where weighted therapy may lighten the load!

What is weighted therapy?

Simply, weighted therapy is about something soft and heavy that helps people to relax and focus. Covered in soft fabric, weighted items can come in the following forms:

  • weighted blanket
  • wrist-wrap
  • belt
  • lap-cover
  • neck-pad

How does it work?

Your proprioceptive sense gives you information about your body’s position and movement. It does this by receptors in your muscles, on your skin, and in your joints and ligaments. People with a poor proprioceptive sense struggle to interpret these sensations, and it can lead to behaviour that gives them sensory feedback, such as: jumping, spinning, and running. They may also battle to switch off and sleep at night – weighted therapy can help to calm them during the day and at bedtime.

Can it help at school?

Weighted therapy helps with concentration and focus – which are both great for the classroom. A study showed that weighted vests worn by learners with ADHD improved behaviour and attention to tasks in the classroom. Weighted therapy can also help those who:

  • show tactile sensitivity, i.e. people who are resistant to being touched or need to touch everything
  • have difficulty relaxing and sleeping
  • have a poor awareness of their body or body position
  • display self-stimulatory behaviour such as twirling, rocking and chewing
Read  Struggling to pass your exams? You could have ADHD

The best thing about weighted therapy? It’s safe.

Find out more here:

https://www.especialneeds.com/shop/sensory-motor-skill-tools/wearables/weighted-blankets.html

 

Sources:

http://www.scielo.org.za/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S2310-38332011000300008

http://www.sensorydirect.com/downloads http://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/childhood-adhd/occupational-therapy-for-children-with-adhd?page=2