Weighted vests for special needs students are are especially convenient tools for classroom use because they don't need to be held in place and allow for freedom of movement. These vests come in sizes from extra small to extra large to suit kids of any age — and even adults. They also offer extensive customization options since you can add or remove weights in the vest pockets. They're easy to clean, and measurement instructions are provided in the listings, so you can choose the right vests before you buy.
Weighted Blankets and Lap Pads
Kids can cover themselves in a soothing, pressure-providing fabric with a weighted blanket. Our weighted blankets for special needs students are great for naptime, overstimulation or general class time. Lap pads work similarly but are smaller in size and perfect for covering a seated student's legs. The smaller size can make them easier to store, too. Some lap pads even have sensory elements, such as a gel that kids can squeeze and move.
Other Weighted Items
We also have other weighted tools available, such as scarves, toys and pillows. Weighted scarves add a fashionable twist to weighted clothing, while a weighted toy can provide an entertaining friend that helps calm a child down. We also carry versatile pillows that can combine with weights, hot/cold packs and vibrations to deliver a multisensory experience.
How Do Weighted Blankets Work?
Weighted blankets and clothing use a concept called deep touch pressure therapy (DTP), which refers to gentle, even pressure all over the body.
DTP is thought to activate the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) — the counterpart to our "fight-or-flight" sympathetic nervous system. The PNS helps us calm down and plays a role in controlling many autonomic functions, such as heart rate, digestion and sleep. Activating this system is also significant in the release of serotonin, which is important for regulating mood and reducing cortisol — the stress hormone.
Weighted blankets and vests can reduce anxiety, and many parents and teachers say weighted items have significant calming effects. Plus, they come with no risk — you can use them as part of a "cozy corner" during tantrums or whenever someone has the wiggles.
Find the Right Weighted Tools at The Classroom Store
Weighted blankets and clothing can be powerful classroom tools. That's why we carry a wide range of items to choose from, so you can select the weighted item that's right for your students. If you have any questions about weighted blankets, toys and clothing for special needs students, please reach out to a representative. Order online today to experience the benefits of weighted items.