Saturday, August 17, 2013

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Finding Balance With Asperger's: Weighted Lap Pads Provide Proprioceptive Input to Calm Children on the Autism Spectrum

Thank you to the Therapy Shoppe for providing a complimentary product sample for us to base this review upon. All opinions expressed are my own.

Weighted lap pads are a great self-regulation tool for children on the autism spectrum. My 6 year old Aspie, Quinn, is a child who greatly benefits from weighted items so when the Therapy Shoppe offered me one of their Weighted Lap Pads with Fleece Covers, we were really excited to try one out.

Weighted lap pads provide proprioceptive input that helps to calm sensory-seeking kids’ nervous systems. This regulation helps kids focus and to be able to think more rationally and to pay better attention. These small, discreet weighted lap pads are wonderful to use in school, movie theaters, restaurants, and more.

Quinn received the 5 lbs weighted lap pad and it’s been a wonderful addition to our lives. We take it many places and use it frequently at home while sitting at our dining table or on the couch.  It helps him to focus and has made his life and behavior much better. Plus, the inside is made of very high-quality, water-resistant nylon and is covered with a comfy fleece cover that removes for easy washing, so it’s sure to last a long time and withstand much “abuse” from our lifestyle.

We are very happy with this weighted lap pad. It works perfectly, is an appropriate amount of weight (also offered in other sizes from 2 1/2 – 7 lbs.), and is very sturdy and well-made. We will be using this lap pad for a long time and are so glad to have it.

You can purchase this and all the Therapy Shoppe’s products on their website, This 5 pound weighted lap pad retails for $40.99.