Weighted blankets, vests and stuffed animals have become incredibly popular in recent years. They can be incredible helpful for anyone who struggles with sensory regulation. You can buy weighted sensory products online and in many stores, but they should still be used with caution.
In 2008, a child with autism died while rolled in weighted blanket and left unsupervised. Since then, the provincial government of Québec has published a set guidelines and regulations regarding the use of weighted blankets at home and in school or healthcare settings.
In this episode, Cynthia Miller-Lautman (Occupational Therapist) goes through these guidelines and talks about how to use weighted products safely. You can also download the poster below to share with you colleagues and family, or print it and post it where it will be most helpful.