With all the available doctors, experts, & gurus peddling their various therapies & treatments for Autistic children, it’s been extremely overwhelming trying to determine a fitting path for my daughter. It has been a financially & emotionally expensive “learning experience”.
1. Various Behavioural Therapies.
We’ve witnessed instructors treating our daughter like a dog, training her to respond to certain commands. We’ve seen therapists often trying to eradicate very human aspects of my child as if there was a demon to be exorcised.
2. Pharmaceutical Interventions
There is something very unnerving about seeing a young, innocent girl surrounded by pills, needles and IVs.
3. Dietary Restrictions & Modifications
Some days it looked like my daughter was training for the Olympics with how strict her diet was. Enjoying mealtime is part of what is so nourishing about eating. It seemed my daughter was being deprived of “nourishment” on many levels.
All parents know the struggle of taking “treats” away from a child.
My god, they are so expensive. It’s infuriating to realize how manipulated we were into believing the heavily-marketed-claims of these products
In the end, it felt like we were flushing her extremely expensive urine down the toilet.
“Thanks to her Weighted Blanket, she started responding better to her therapy & treatments!”
We realize now how traumatizing the above has been for my daughter. She has suffered through these things forcefully imposed upon her. And we have suffered alongside. It has aged my husband and I. I have no other words.
One day a friend of mine told me about the weighted blanket she recently bought. She was raving about it. “It feels like a hug!”, she said.
A light-bulb went off in my head. Often after a grueling session of treatment, the first thing my daughter would do is run into our arms for a hug. Sure enough, after a quick google search, I found out that Occupational Therapists have been using weighted blankets to manage sensory disorders for decades.
Simply put, the “embrace” from a Weighted Blanket simulates a loving snuggle between parent and child. This is naturally a very Calming & Soothing experience, and is extremely valuable in preventing meltdowns. At a biochemical level, the body releases Calming & Soothing hormones. This combats the overwhelming stimuli that can accumulate in the Autistic throughout the day.
We decided to order a weighted blanket for each room in our house. And the results were miraculous!
For our daughter, the effects were instantaneous. After 5 minutes with the blanket, it was as if she had performed an hour of meditation. Over the next few weeks, we noticed a difference in her demeanor. She just seemed more relaxed.
I was so intrigued with how something as simple as a weighted blanket could have such a profound effect. The only changes to her lifestyle were:
We never forced the blanket upon her. We let her naturally reach for the blanket when she felt she needed it.
And the best part…Thanks to her Weighted Blanket,
SHE STARTED RESPONDING BETTER TO HER THERAPY & TREATMENT PROTOCOLS!
And all of this had an overall positive effect on her overall health.
After introducing the weighted blanket into our household, we were finally able to meet the real version of our daughter. We gently re-implemented her therapy strategies with amazing success! It’s been life-changing for our whole family.
1. It is Simple and Non-Invasive.
It’s like any other blanket, only heavier. If your child doesn’t like it, she/he doesn’t have to use it. But other members of your family can use it WITH THE SAME CALMING BENEFITS!
2. It is the Cheapest Form of Therapy
We spend thousands of dollars a month on therapy (with questionable results). We received 4 weighted blankets for £169 and they will last forever.
3. Other Carryover Health Benefits (for everyone!)
The stress-lowering effect & improved sleep has resulted in so many other health benefits for our autistic daughter AND the other members of our family!
For those with Autism, management of stress requires patience, understanding & creativity. The calming effect of wearing a weighted blanket (even during the day) is part of a stress management routine that promotes health & longevity for both parent and child!
And it should be no surprise that the stress-lowering benefits have been enjoyed by every member of my family. This is why I declare that the Weighted Blanket will be the most important investment you will make this year!
Please don’t misunderstand me. Most of the guidance we’ve received comes from well-meaning people. But I will warn you, we’ve encountered therapists that should not be allowed to practice. While I understand that often therapists are genuinely trying to help, it doesn’t diminish the traumatic effect this “learning experience” has had on our autistic daughter and how draining it has been for the rest of my family to watch her go through it.