Have you heard of DTP? Special education teachers and those in occupational therapy are likely familiar with it. It stands for Deep Touch Pressure and parents have noticed the relaxing effect it has on their children with special needs.
The benefits of DTP are far-reaching - provided that the pressure is gentle and evenly distributed. Among the many available special education supplies, weighted lap blankets are one of the most useful and versatile.
We'll take a look at three of the benefits here.
1. They Help to Self-Regulate
As simple as lap blankets are, they can do wonders for helping special needs kids with attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, or sensory processing disorder (SPD) to self-regulate and focus at school.
The sensory input they provide from DTP helps students stay calmer and in their seats. Even preschool teachers find them useful for slowing active little bodies during circle time. Increasing numbers of occupational therapist recommend weighted blankets for those with mood disorders, anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to provide relief from their symptoms. The nice thing about weighted lap blankets is that they're more discreet and portable than full-sized weighted blankets. This makes them the ideal solution for school or other social situations where staying seated and self-regulation are crucial.
2. Transitions Are Easier
For children with special needs, it can be difficult for them to transition from one activity to another. In some cases, it's that they find comfort in repetition and routine and they don't want to let that go. This is common in children on the autistic spectrum and the reason so many teachers and parents use weighted blankets for autism. For others, they may have a difficult time making the transition from playing at recess or moving around in gym class to returning to stillness in the classroom.
Whatever the case, offering them a weighted lap blanket will not only provide the sensory input they crave during times of change, but it also serves as a signal to the child that it's time to transition. It provides them with an opportunity to prepare.
3. Leads to Better Health
It's hard to imagine that a weighted lap blanket can result in a healthier child. But when the body cannot achieve relaxation, it is in a constant fight-or-flight state. This, in turn, results in the increased production of cortisol in the body.
Cortisol is a stress hormone and too much of it can lead to headaches, muscle tension, and even digestive issues. The DPT from a weighted lap blanket, however, encourages the body to release the calming neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine. These can counteract the cortisol.
Could Your Child Benefit From a Weighted Lap Blanket?
If your child has trouble self-regulating and focusing, a weighted lap blanket could make his or her life so much easier. And all without the help of pharmaceuticals. Check out our selection of weighted lap blankets that come in a variety of vibrant colors and discover a whole new definition of "security blanket."