What is Weighted Blanket Therapy?

Updated: Oct 19, 2018

originally written for and published on Harkla.co

Occupational Therapists know that light touch is alerting and can be overstimulating for people with sensory processing dysfunction. The deep pressure provided by weighted blankets is intended to have a calming, organizing effect. Temple Grandin even created a “Squeeze Machine” based on her research of light versus deep touch. Think of it as when you swaddle an infant. The firm, snug hug of the blanket wrapped around a sleeping infant helps the infant to relax enough to drift off to sleep. This sensation and its effect is mimicked with a weighted blanket. <