Weighted Vest

Melissa - posted on 04/01/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My 2 year old son, with sensory disorder, was given a vest a few weeks ago and has responded great to it. But starting yesterday, he started having temper tantrums, laying on the floor and kicking and screaming, not wanting to sleep, stays up until around 11:00 PM. Is this normal? He has never thrown these kind of tantrums for, and I don't know what's going on or what I should do, please help, from a mom of triplets, but only 1 with this disorder.

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Peggy - posted on 05/04/2009

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Quoting Terri:



Quoting Melissa:

Weighted Vest

My 2 year old son, with sensory disorder, was given a vest a few weeks ago and has responded great to it. But starting yesterday, he started having temper tantrums, laying on the floor and kicking and screaming, not wanting to sleep, stays up until around 11:00 PM. Is this normal? He has never thrown these kind of tantrums for, and I don't know what's going on or what I should do, please help, from a mom of triplets, but only 1 with this disorder.






My son also has SPD, and would not sleep with a blanket. We has one made in the shape of a aligartor. he would lay with this and it worked wonderfully. Another we try was to make him a "NEST" in his bed. We used 2 body pillows that layed on each side of him that way when he was tossing and turning he would feel them and it settled him down. We now use this with my youngest son as well as he would wake up 3-6 time everynight.






like terry i have to nest my son..he didnt get diagnoised with spd till he was six years seven months. it was a long and hard road.. and it wasnt till i talked to the ot that diagnoised him that i understood why he wouldnt sleep well at night..she told me sometimes its the bed size.. at the time my son was sleeping in a full size bed..she told me to downsize his bed to a twin and to next him...he wont sleep under a blanket..he gets to hot. even in the winter..but anyway.. so we bought bunk beds for our boys..and we bought a king sized artificial down comforter for him.. i found it in half to fit his bed better and when he goes to bed hes like a little puppy..he possitions himself snuggly on his blanket much like a dog does on your bed..he sleeps through out the night with hardly any movement now.. and idk what to tell you about the temper tantrums.. has anything in his routine changed? or anything new going on? new food? new pet? new sounds? or it could be just a phase.. zac does it too.. with his spd he has moments where certain textures or foods will upset him, where as other times they arent so bad.. he might just be having a hard time coping with all his sences being out of wack.. i mean i cant imagine having spd.. i cant imagine the turmoil that goes through my sons mind when he knows or thinks he should feel one way but yet he feels another..is your son seeing an ot? and have you looked into a thing called family support..they help with therapy items and what not.. try your local birth to three if your child is still a toddler..youd be surprised what they can tell you and do for you..but anyway i hope i helped if not im sry and i wish you good luck!!

Melissa - posted on 04/25/2009

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We started with the weighted blanket. I saw a HUGE improvment in him the first night! HE loves it. B4 the blanket it would take nearly 2 hours to get him to bed. Now we brush him and take him to his room he lays down and goes to sleep. Its amazing how much of a change it is.

Tania - posted on 04/25/2009

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My 4 year old daughter uses the weighted vest as well as a weighted lap pad for when she is doing "focus" activities. She didn't respond well to the weighted blanket, but I found her a tent that attaches to her bed at Ikea and that has worked wonders! For her, the experience of no boundaries was overwhelming so having the limits of the tent is very helpful.

Melissa - posted on 04/10/2009

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At first it was fabulous, but now we are going to switch up when he's wearing it. The OT said in the evenings just to leave it on an hour because he is having sensory overload in the evenings and paces and walks with his hands together. She is supposed to bring us a weighted blanket on the next visit so we can see if he can sleep better.

Patresha - posted on 04/10/2009

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The weight is supposed to be a ratio of the child's weight.  We actually use more than recomended for the blanket but less for the lap pad.  We played with the ratio until it worked well for him.



How is it working for you?

Melissa - posted on 04/10/2009

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It was made by a lady in morehead ky for my son, the OT brought it to us, but they don't look hard to make. It's just a vest made with heavy material, buttons on the front, pockets inside to put weights in, looks like they were made with beans or something like that to weigh it down. His only has around a pound of weights in it and he is about 35 pounds.

Terri - posted on 04/02/2009

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Quoting Melissa:

Weighted Vest

My 2 year old son, with sensory disorder, was given a vest a few weeks ago and has responded great to it. But starting yesterday, he started having temper tantrums, laying on the floor and kicking and screaming, not wanting to sleep, stays up until around 11:00 PM. Is this normal? He has never thrown these kind of tantrums for, and I don't know what's going on or what I should do, please help, from a mom of triplets, but only 1 with this disorder.



My son also has SPD, and would not sleep with a blanket. We has one made in the shape of a aligartor. he would lay with this and it worked wonderfully. Another we try was to make him a "NEST" in his bed. We used 2 body pillows that layed on each side of him that way when he was tossing and turning he would feel them and it settled him down. We now use this with my youngest son as well as he would wake up 3-6 time everynight.

Melissa - posted on 04/01/2009

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That is very helpful. The good thing in KY they have a program, no matter your income, that pays for his therapy and they get the things he needs, at no cost to us, and she said something at his last session, she might get him a blanket, so at the next meeting, I am going to ask for it. I just worry about him not getting near enough rest for his age. Thank you again for your response, it has been very helpful.

Patresha - posted on 04/01/2009

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My son wasn't diagnosed until he was 6.  He didn't sleep through the night until this past October (9y7m) when I stumbled across the blankets on a site while looking for a lap pad. 



Before the blanket he would toss, turn, pace, make dozens of trips to the bathroom, talk to himself, and play with his toys.  He would only sleep for a couple of hours at a time, and so I would only get a couple at a time too.  He was never one for any kind of covers, and would generally strip as soon as his light went out.



When we got the blanket he slept through the night for the first time EVER.  I woke up at 5am in a sheer panic, thinking he was dead or something.  He slept for 10 hours straight, woke up in the best mood, and asked for the blanket at bedtime that night.  I LOVE this thing. 



It was fairly expensive so I would recommend if your local easter seals has a "loaner" program.  I found out after the fact I could have gotten one to try out, but it was so worth every penny I spent. 



I have since made him another one that is "cool" anough to be in the room of a 10y old.  He uses both and we both sleep.

Melissa - posted on 04/01/2009

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He is right now pacing in his bed, and he normally doesn't sleep with a blanket, so will it work even if he doesn't use a blanket normally. He was diagnosed at 18 months old, I am just glad they caught it before he starts school.

Patresha - posted on 04/01/2009

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My son has spd and had sleeping issues too.  I use a weighted blanket, similar to the vest, anf he sleeps wonderfully.  Unfortunately it took me several years to get a DX and then "discover" the blanket.  Good luck.

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