Bubba has sensory issues that go along with his Autism. He has a low sense of himself - does that make sense? He falls alot, bumps into things; it's like he doesn't know where his body is in space. (There is a word for it and I can't remember it. It's multi syllabic and it's the end of the day.) If you bump or push Bubba he loves it. It takes much more impact to affect him than it would a typical kid.
So, when Bubs starts to go haywire or get a bit spastic, he will run and slam into the wall or jump up and land hard on the floor. He will OFTEN times come up and push against my back or side. He is seeking input/pressure.
The weighted blanket provides that and has a calming affect.
I made the blanket like a grid of pockets. I am making bean bags (using washable pellets) and will spread the weight through the pockets. There is a formula for how much weight to use and since my blanket is made this way I can add weight as Bubba grows, etc.
This is how they word all this on the Weighted Magic Blanket website:
Weighted blankets, like The Magic Blanket™ , have shown to generate proprioceptive (that's the big word!) input on our bodies. For many people, this input causes the brain to release neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, among others. These neurotransmitters released by the brain have naturally calming effects, which have proven to be beneficial for people experiencing sensory integration disorder, anxiety, stress, Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD, and Rett Syndrome.
JoAnn - I hope this gives you enough info. If you want specifics (measurements, etc.) of what I made, just email me. It is EASY to sew.