What is a Weighted Vest?
A weighted vest is just that: a vest-like garment that is worn over clothing, with some additional weight either sewn into pockets or embedded in the fabric lining. The theory behind weighted vests is to provide the child with sustained deep pressure input to his/her muscles and joints (proprioception) as this type of sensory input is known to be calming and organizing.
Occupational therapists often recommend these wearables as part of a comprehensive sensory diet to help children with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD) who have sensory processing disorder or self-regulation difficulties.
Sensory Processing and ADHD
If you’re a person with Attention Deficit Disorder, whether it be hyperactive, inattentive, or combined type, you may experience some level of sensory processing difficulty.