Posted on 21st Nov 2009 @ 9:17 PM
Autism Blankets mentioned on the 9/11/12 episode of the NBC show Parenthood (see note below.)
A L-OMA Weighted Blanket™ (autism blanket) is used for a variety of different reasons, most commonly the blankets are used to give sensory input to those on the autism spectrum or who have ADD/ADHD. These are common terms in today’s world where Autism awareness has become more mainstreamed in the media but what does it really mean in practice.
Persons with sensory issues require stimulation and boundaries so they are more aware of their own body and where they are in space. This is important when needing a sense of where one is physically so it can be grasped where their body stops and starts. Persons with autism and other sensory disorders can experience other levels of distress by an inability to identify or filter input from their senses. For example not being able to ignore the hum of a computer or the noise of a washing machine.
Products like a L-OMA weighted blanket™ (weighted quilt) provide a strong sensory impact that allows the person to focus and not seek out sensory input from unsafe behaviors. Imagine for a moment that you are unable to filter all the things you hear and feel at any given moment and are unable to determine what sound you need to focus your attention on. These benefits are not limited to those with Autism and have been used by a variety of individuals including but not limited to those with developmental disabilities, restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea, cerebral palsy, anxiety disorder, Alzheimer’s and other disorders.
L-OMA Weighted Autism Blankets are used as tools by occupational therapists, teachers, and care givers in a variety of settings.
We do not use glass, plastic, pellet or rice fillers for our blankets, we use 100% organic buckwheat hulls.
L-OMA Weighted Blanket™ Details
This is the highest quality weighted autism blanket you can buy in the US:
In the "Family Portrait" episode, the autistic teenage son receives an autism blanket as a gift from his older sister.