making your own weighted vest

Laura - posted on 04/22/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )

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We all know that special needs equipment is expensive. I found a way to make a weighted vest for a fraction of the price of one. Go to a sporting goods store and get a fly fishing vest. Those have pockets everywhere. As for the weights, get adjustable ankle weights, the ones you can remove the weights from. Take out the weights and distribute evenly in the pockets in the vest and you have a weighted vest! I got my vest at Dick's sporting goods for $20 and the weights cost $10 at Walmart. Her OT thought that idea was awesome and it weighed as much as the one she uses for her patients, plus you can adjust the weights by adding more and you can take the weights out to wash the vest.

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Sheena - posted on 04/26/2011

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Just a word of caution. Make sure you consult your child's OT before buying the weights. The amount of weight used is based on your child's weight. So you don't want it to be too heavy or too light or it will not work effectively.

Molly - posted on 07/30/2012

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I found youth size fishing vests this weekend for $20.

For really small kids you might be able to use the toy "bug explorer" vests from Target/Walmart, etc.

Thanks for the great idea!

Ashlie - posted on 01/06/2012

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I have a great link on my blog for how to make a weighted blanket for the mom that was asking. It's really simple! http://autismspuzzle.blogspot.com/ thank you for this post! I wanted something for when they aren't sleeping and this is perfect. One question though, do they make these fly fishing vests in childrens sizes?

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Katherine - posted on 05/01/2011

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How about an idea for a weighted blanket? My OT has suggested a weighted blanket, but those are EXPENSIVE!!!!

Shelley - posted on 04/26/2011

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Awsome my sons o/t & I were talking about making one as well but I like this idea. I made a weighted snake I just took the stuffing out of a big one we had & added 3 1/2 lbs of rice its awsome & saved 45$ plus shipping. I made a weighted lap pad from a mens tube sock as well. I have also made a small weighted blanket.

Kathy - posted on 04/26/2011

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Great idea Thanks!!! I've been contemplating ideas for a weighted blanket. My son loves to wear a freezer/microwave pack designed for over the shoulders and lower back wear. He found it on his own and just started using it.

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