Teachers + Caregivers
When to use:
- Weight and compression provide calming inputs.. Great for kids that are nervous/anxious/overstimulated.
- A great option if your child is struggling to remain seated, slow their body during slower activities. Also a great option when a child struggles to understand where their body is in space (appears clumsy and lacks coordination). Children that often bump into peers or become aggressive with peers.
How to use:
- Before use, talk about it with the child. “This is to wear to help your body slow down.”
- Allow the child to take off when they request it. Do NOT force use.
To be used with children 3 years of age and up
Should be no more than 5-10% of body weight
Weight should be evenly distributed
Should wear for no more than 10-15 minutes at a time
If you have ANY questions, do not hesitate to consult an occupational therapist
Note: Research does not support weighted vests as an effective treatment for improving focus/attention, concentration and learning.
Raising Children Network (Australia) Limited. (2022, May 25). Weighted vests and clothing. Raising Children Network. Retrieved November 11, 2022, from https://raisingchildren.net.au/autism/therapies-guide/weighted-vests