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Weighted Blankets for Anxiety

I get asked frequently why weighted blankets have a calming effect. Generally I explained it as a warm hug. However I wanted to include the science behind it. After doing some research I found a great, simple explanation. Weighted blanket = Serotonin + Melatonin production What your body is missing when you feel anxious or restless is serotonin. When gentle pressure is applied to your body, it promotes serotonin production. Serotonin is neurotransmitter, that influences both directly and indirectly the majority of brain cells. It is commonly regarded as a chemical that is responsible for maintaining mood balance. When your...

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The Person No One Wants to Sleep Near

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My family loves traveling. For the most part they are near perfection with long car rides, impromptu hikes, sleeping on the floor and trying new foods. As our summer comes to a close, I reflect back on one common thread to our trips….no one wants to sleep near Wyatt. Including his mother.   Dolan and I took Wyatt on a trip of his choice (as we do with each child annually). He chose Florida, with a little nudge from me;) . The time change really threw me off. Most of the vacation I didn’t go to sleep until 2:00AM. One...

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Signs of Autism in Your Child

Having a child is one of the most terrifyingly rewarding experiences. Even when all goes well, there is the unknown of the next day, week and year. How do you know you are making the right choices for your child? Is your child is developing normally? Happy? And then there is parental instinct. That voice or feeling that tells you something is not right. After a recent trip to visit family on the East coast, topics of my business came up. Questions about autism in particular. A common thread of the conversations was autism. What qualifications does a child have...

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Prevelance of autism in girls

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    When I first started my undergraduate work in speech and hearing science I learned the prevalence of autism in boys is astoundingly higher than girls. 1 in 42 boys are diagnosed with autism verses 1 in 189 girls. As I started treating home health clients my caseload resemble the statistics I had learned about. Why? As a mother of 2 boys myself, isn't having boys hard enough?!     During my research to find an acceptable answer, I have looked to personal stories and respectable voices in the autism community. I found a very good article in Spectrum News, titled...

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Can fidgeting help with cognitive tasks?

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Compression and the need to fidget is a common trait for those with sensory processing disorders, such as ASD and ADHD. Our lap pads and weighted blankets provide a solution for both of these issues in and outside the classroom.  The weight from the blanket provides the compression that is craved, while the weighted Poly Propylene pellets act as a fidget for the user. The beads can be manipulated through the soft fabric with ample room for movement.  Both sensations help to enhance performance with cognitive tasks, for longer periods of time...making the weighted lap pad ideal for the classroom and homework...

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