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Weighted blankets are used as a therapeutic tool, an effective nondrug therapy for people suffering from anxiety, sleep loss, or an inability to relax and comfort themselves normally. A weighted blanket is simply a blanket or “lap pad” filled with pellets that equals about 10 percent of body weight, plus a pound or two. Blankets for children or young teens require between 6 and 20 pounds of pellets, while lap pads contain 3-5 pounds.
Research with young people who have Autism Spectrum Disorder show that these blankets and pads provide deep pressure touch stimulation, causing their bodies to produce the neurotransmitter serotonin, which positively influences mood, appetite, sleep, and memory. Many parents find that draping a weighted blanket across the lap or shoulders of a child with autism helps provide a feeling of security and calm during the day and more restful sleep at night.