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Colors and Patterns for Kids with Autism and Sensory Processing Disorders

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Kids with ASD or SPD have preferences to colors and patterns just like a typical child. As a therapist, getting to know what each client loves is one of my favorite things....and believe me I've heard some pretty funny ones (Jason, Freddy Krueger, clowns, basically any horror film :/ ) Perseveration may accompany an atypical child's preference to colors or patterns. We understand that! That's why we have a variety of patterns, colors and textures to help satisfy these needs.  Don't see what you want? Just shoot us an email and we'd be glad to help find that perfect pattern. We...

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How to make a weighted blanket

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Before you get down to sewing your weighted blanket, there a few important steps to consider!

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How to wash a weighted blanket

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Our weighted blankets were designed for multiple washings! The removable cover is less stress on your washing machine and makes clean ups no big deal ;)  The weighted insert is securely fastened to the removable cover with 6 ties and 4 button closures. These help in keeping the weight evenly distributed.  To wash your weighted blanket, simply unbutton the top buttons and release the fabric ties located at the top, bottom and sides of the blanket.  Both insert and cover can be machine washed in cold water, on gentle cycle. Do not use fabric softener as it will ruin the soft minky...

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Does your child suffer from a Social Anxiety Disorder?

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There are many labels for what we deem as "different" in our society. In my opinion, Autism is the most overused. I can't tell you how many people assume a child is Autistic because they are anxious or tune out around crowds. So how do you know when to be alarmed and when to let it ride out? People with social anxiety disorder (sometimes called “social phobia”) have a marked fear of social or performance situations in which they expect to feel embarrassed, judged, rejected, or fearful of offending others. Social anxiety disorder symptoms include: Feeling highly anxious about being...

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What Are the Best Pellets to Fill a Weighted Blanket With?

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There are a variety of fillings to choose from to use in a weighted blanket.  What is best and has the longest lasting effect? The most popular options are polypropylene (PP) pellets and glass beads.  Here are few things to consider when making your purchase: 1) Toxicity Seems like a big deal since its covering your body, right?! It's important to look for BPA-free, non-toxic polypropylene pellets. BPA exhibits toxic, endocrine, mutagenic and carcinogenic effects in living organisms...something you want to stay clear of. Consider using a virgin material to avoid toxicity. 2) Odor This can be common in recycled plastic due to the additives...

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