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my4kidz
« Reply #10 on: July 06, 2006 05:52:05 AM »

my son has sensory issues this  is a great idea where do you get polly pellets
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OurJuliet
« Reply #11 on: July 06, 2006 02:13:42 PM »

The cheapest source I've found has been eBay.   Definitely get poly pellets...many people are using bird seed and other materials that decay--or sand, which eventually makes its way through the fabric.  Poly pellets are round and machine washable...and very safe!

Before you attempt to make a weighted blanket, I strongly suggest you research types of blankets, weights, etc. before you begin.  Here is a great resource with lots of information:

http://cgi.ebay.com/FREE-Weighted-Blanket-Buying-Guide-Autism-Insomnia-ADHD_W0QQitemZ9518180174QQihZ007QQcategoryZ1279QQssPageNameZWD1VQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
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my4kidz
« Reply #12 on: July 06, 2006 02:51:30 PM »

oh thank you so much for the info!!! My son has not slept more then 2 hours per night for about 5 months! this may be the answer we have been looking for!!  Now if I only could find a way for him to not think is bedroom walls were closing in on him Undecided
thanks agaain
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OurJuliet
« Reply #13 on: July 06, 2006 04:30:41 PM »

You're very welcome.  My nephew is autistic and has done really well with his weighted blanket.  They also make weighted vests that some of his more severely autistic classmates wear to school (it's like a hug all day long).

We've also read that Mom should "condition" the blanket by sleeping with it between your nightshirt and your chest for a couple of days.  This is the same method used with preemies in the hospital.  The blanket then takes on just enough of Mom's scent to be even more comforting.  Since sensory-challenged kiddos are SO super-sensitive to smell, it can make a big difference with them and how they sleep. 

Just curious...are the walls "busy"?  We stripped the walls of my nephew's room after his doctor told us that any stimulus whatsoever can be really distracting.  He told us to find a very subdued color...keep it solid...and hang little or nothing on the walls.  It's kind of boring, but it may help kiddos who are easily stimulated.

Best wishes...
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