PROVIDING PROPRIOCEPTIVE INPUT
Weighted vests are an effective way of providing proprioceptive input - sensations of body movement and position without the use of visual cues - which have a calming and organising effect for many children. The reason these resources work so well is because they provide constant, even pressure. Many children with sensory processing disorders, autism, or ADHD show dramatic improvement in their ability to sit still and concentrate on tasks when using these resources.
Safety and careful monitoring is a priority. These weighted resources should be used under the direction of a professional therapist or carer who has been advised and trained in its use and application. Weighted equipment should be no more than 5-10% of the child’s body weight.