Mosaic Weighted Blanket for sensory-seekers and creating calm

My son Luke, age nine, has Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) among his many other diagnosis, including ADHD. He is a sensory-seeker most often, occasionally a sensory-avoider. Since he was three or four years old he’s been crashing into things and flinging himself on the ground with great force, seemingly on purpose.

It never made sense until we started Occupational Therapy and learned about SPD (also sometimes called SID, Sensory Integration Disorder) and proprioceptive input ( ”the awareness of posture, movement, and changes in equilibrium and the knowledge of position, weight, and resistance of objects as they relate to the body”). They told me Luke has a proprioceptive input deficit and that is why he has intense interactions with stuff, because he uses that physical input to supplement the proprioceptive input. During OT he got to crash on purpose, throwing himself against padded walls and onto padded mats. He was encouraged to get into a body sock and be zipped up tight. He LOVED it! We were encouraged to try weighted lap pads and tight shirts (under armor) outside of OT, but they didn’t help a lot. Weighted blankets were mentioned too, but we hadn’t tried one yet. Luke always wraps tight in his covers and between pillows so I hadn’t felt the need for a weighted blanket too.

I was thrilled when Mosaic Weighted Blankets offered to send Luke a blanket to try out though. Now I could try it and see if there is an extra benefit. I am happy to report there is an extra benefit! Luke LOVES his “monkey blanket” (he choose the monkey fabric for his custom blanket). He only uses it in bed at night but now will not sleep without it. He feels grounded and secure under its weight. It’s a lot more sensory input than a tight sheet and a couple pillows on either side (which we called a Luke Taco). The more sensory input for him the better.

 

Here’s how it works: “The deep pressure touch stimulation brought about by the Mosaic Weighted Blanket helps to encourage the production of serotonin, which is a hormone that helps to calm us down and put us in a more peaceful, happier state of mind. Serotonin, in turn, leads to the production of melatonin, which helps us sleep soundly.”

When I found out they were sending us a blanket, I hoped it would resolve his waking at night. Unfortunately, it did not, although it did lessen the number of times he wakes during the week. I suspect the reason he’s still waking is because the small-sized blanket slides off of him at night — if it stayed on him all night I think he’d only awake occasionally.  Mosaic Weighted Blankets offers larger sizes, full comforter sizes, so that could resolve this one issue.

The company was so easy to work with too. Luke chose his pattern from a vast array of kid-friendly fabrics and the blanket was custom-made based on his preferences and his size (his size dictated an 8 lb blanket). It’s a quality product with a nice benefit. If you have a sensory-seeker in your home, especially one with trouble sleeping, I definitely recommend a Mosaic Weighted Blanket.

Did you know a weighted blanket can also help with the following? Maybe you could benefit from one too.

  • Sensory Disorder of any kind (weighted therapy can increase Serotonin and Melatonin levels overnight)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Elderly Alzheimer’s patients
  • People of all ages suffering from traumatic brain injuries
  • Men and women who live with insomnia or restless leg syndrome
  • Anyone who must deal with chronic pain
  • Women with discomfort of menopausal symptoms
  • People of all ages suffering from anxiety

We are in love with our Mosaic Weighted Blanket, i.e. the “monkey blanket.” I can’t imagine Luke sleeping without it now.

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UPDATE {August 2012}

Mosaic Weighted Blankets was so kind to offer Luke another weighted blanket to try, in a larger size, to see if the larger size would stay on him at night. I am happy to report, it does most nights. He won’t sleep without his weighted blankets now — they bring a level of comfort to him that would be hard to replicate in any other form. ~Penny

A self-described veteran parent of a son with ADHD, Penny Williams is the creator of the award-winning website, {a mom’s view of ADHD}, and frequent contributor on parenting a child with ADHD for ADDitude Magazine and other parenting and special needs publications. As well, Williams has published essays in three books.

Williams’ first book, Boy Without Instructions: Surviving the Learning Curve of Parenting a Child with ADHD, will be available June 1, 2014. Look for her second book, What to Expect When You’re NOT Expecting ADHD, in November 2014.

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A self-described veteran parent of a son with ADHD, Penny Williams is the creator of the award-winning website, {a mom’s view of ADHD}, and frequent contributor on parenting a child with ADHD for ADDitude Magazine and other parenting and special needs publications. As well, Williams has published essays in three books. Williams’ first book, Boy Without Instructions: Surviving the Learning Curve of Parenting a Child with ADHD, will be available June 1, 2014. Look for her second book, What to Expect When You're NOT Expecting ADHD, in November 2014.
  • Linda Morris

    That is so interesting. My son hasn’t been officially diagnosed with an SPD but I’m sure he has some symptoms. He too flings himself against walls for fun. And funnily enough, we’ve wrapped him tightly in blankets to help him sleep for years, and he also calls it his “taco.”  Have you ever tried having him wrap himself in it during the day when he’s upset or angry? My son’s doc has suggested a weighted blanket for him during such times but we haven’t tried it yet.

  • Auntb521

    I may try this blanket for my daughter. She has been diagnosed with ADHD and is in the process of being tested for CAPD, but never diagnosed with SPD. However, sometimes in the morning before school, a particularly stressful time of day for her, she asks me to lay on top of her. Almost like the weight of my body comforts her and she is able to go on with the rest of the morning routine. Is that something that would be indicative of SPD?

    • adhdmomma

      I am not a doctor or an OT, but yes, this sounds like some sensory issues. A weighted blanket would help to replace that feeling for her. If you’d like to explore her sensory needs, set up an evaluation with a pediatric occupational therapist as well. Most kids can benefit from some OT.

  • http://www.myautocars.com/ Lucy Andy

    Miracle Weighted Blanket for sensory-seekers and creating calm is super article and I got some good info from here. Really I was looking forward to read about this. Thanks for this allocation. :)
     

  • http://www.facebook.com/joann.hartman Joann Hartman

    I tried to find them on facebook and by clicking on their link but it said that the page was gone.. are they no longer in business?

    • adhdmomma

      They are now at http://www.mosaicweightedblankets.com.

  • http://uselessanxieties.wordpress.com/ UselessAnxieties

    We have had same OT experience. Do you have the body sock, too?

    • adhdmomma

      I just bought my son a body sock last week. He doesn’t like it nearly as much as the weighted blanket though.

  • elise11

     http://www.myfoxaustin.com/story/21077502/group-claims-autism-therapeutic-weighted-blanket-doesnt-work?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=8338002

    I saw a study recently done in Texas on Mosaic Weighted Blankets. We have a weighted blanket from another company, DreamCatcher Weighted Blankets, and know that it has made a huge and  positive difference in our child’s and family’s lives. I know the two companies are very different and that the study was done using the Mosaic weighted blanket. What is your opinion on the newly released study?

  • lea

    we love our weighted blanket, my son has been using it for over ten years. Have a look at http://www.weightedblanket.net if you want to learn more

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