Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Noticing

I've just noticed in the last few weeks that J is sleeping better. Nothing has changed but her sleep is deeper and less hyper-vigilant. So I've been trying to divine why. It finally occurred to me tonight. Since we've lowered the temp in the house we've added tons of blankets to our beds. J has 6 heavy blankets/quilts on her bed. Aha! I've read that weighted blankets are good for kids with FAS, RAD, ADHD, etc. but never used them. Now I've found the benefits inadvertently. You can get them through a therapy supply store like The Therapy Shoppe or Kari posted many months ago about a friend of hers that makes them. Or...if you're not craft challenged like me you could make one.



J uses a weighted vest for 15 minutes during school every day thanks to my dear friend Tudu. Tudu brought one to a RAD support meeting and now I can tell the days J uses it and the days she doesn't. So it makes sense that the blanket would help too. Hmmmm....

Remind me to tell you about rubbing.....

3 comments:

Torina said...

Tara does better when she sleeps with her weighted blanket, too. I'm looking forward to hearing about your rubbing. I rub Tara's back at night to help her sleep. It helps...I think.

FaerieMama said...

I've gotta try this with Anastasia!

Holly said...

What a great finding. Sometimes the grandest of things are found quite by accident.