How Do Weighted Vests Benefit Children?



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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 vest is weighted based on the wearer’s total body weight - a concept similar to a weighted lap pad or weighted blanket.

Weighted Vests and Deep Touch Pressure

A weighted vest provides deep touch pressure (DTP) or proprioceptive input which has a calming, organizing effect on the child. If your child sees an occupational therapist, he/she may have recommended the wearables as part of a comprehensive sensory diet to help children who have sensory processing disorder or self-regulation difficulties.


Deep touch pressure (DTP) has many physiological benefits that promote self regulation. In times of stress, anxiety, or emergency, the sympathetic system of your central nervous system responds with a “fight or flight” reaction. DTP helps to combat that reaction by decreasing the level of cortisol (stress hormone). This effect is most helpful for