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How Do Weighted Lap Blankets Work?

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    A weighted lap pad or blanket is a small, heavy blanket the size of a tray. It is heavy because it is usually filled with something that gives it weight, such as glass beads or poly pellets.


    Many people with sensory processing challenges find using weighted lap blankets at school, home or work can help you:

    • Sit still for longer time periods;
    • Self-regulate;
    • Concentrate better;
    • Organise better;
    • Spend more time on a task; and
    • Transition better from one task to the next.


    This is because weighted lap pads give a form of Deep Pressure Touch therapy, that is unobtrusive and convenient.


    So, what is Deep Pressure Touch therapy? And how can it help you?

    Deep Pressure Touch can help soothe the body and calm the mind

    Deep Pressure Touch works on the body in three ways.

    Deep Pressure Touch switches off your "fight or flight" instinct

    Firstly, it calms the “flight or fight” response by switching off the sympathetic part of the autonomous nervous system.

    Deep Pressure Touch calms the body and mind

    Next, it triggers the parasympathetic nervous system. This slows your heart rate and your breathing.

    It helps your muscles relax. And you will feel calm and peaceful.

    Deep Pressure Touch causes your brain to release "feel-good" hormones and neurotransmitters into your bloodstream

    Thirdly, it causes the body to release a number of hormones and neurotransmitters that make you feel happy and reduce anxiety.

    The end result is that your body literally feels less anxious and your mind is focused and calm.


    The Deep Pressure Touch of a weighted lap blanket lying across your knees also gives your body proprioceptive input.


    This helps you know where your body is in space. And – so – a weighted lap blanket can help you sit up straight for longer.

    Who can benefit from using a weighted lap pad?

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    The Deep Pressure Touch therapy benefits of a weighted lap blanket that help reduce anxiety, improve sensory processing and give an increased sense of peace and calm are particularly helpful for people:

    • On the autism spectrum;
    • With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD);
    • Who have anxiety;
    • With sensory processing issues; and
    • Who suffer from dementia.


    But weighted lap pads or blankets are not for everyone.

    Who is a weighted lap blanket not useful for?

    People who struggle with tactile input may well not find a weighted lap pad helpful. This includes people who:

    • Don’t like the feel of certain types of fabrics;
    • Hate wearing extra layers of clothes; or
    • Dislike the feeling of a heavy blanket or duvet on them.


    So, in summary, weighted lap pads are a convenient and portable way to get the benefits of Deep Pressure Touch therapy to help you focus, concentrate, sit still for longer, organise better and transition from one activity to the next.


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    What People Say

    Calming Moments' weighted blanket review

    I have ADD and bought a lap pad to sit on my lap at work to help me stay calm and focused. I’m honestly so impressed with my entire purchase.


    The pad itself is fantastic and I am way less fidgety when I’m using it. The colour choices are great and they’re really well made. But the best part by far is the customer service.

    But the best part by far is the customer service.

    Your order is updated with notes through the entire process so you know exactly what’s happening and when and it’s clear the staff are passionate about what they do. Highly recommend.

    – Ashley C

    Calming Moments weighted blanket review

    Have purchased a number of blankets for my school. 


    All very well made and are very high quality.

    We wash them and really give them a work out!

    Great service from Calming Moments, easy website and quick to receive our orders. 

    Thanks for supporting our kids!

    – Carenne School

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