Any advice for a sensory weighted vest?

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Any advice for a sensory weighted vest?
Sun, 04-06-2008 - 3:02pm

Does anyone have any advice about what to look for in a weighted vest?

I am looking into a weighted vest for my almost-5yo son. I will try to ask his OT about it as well, though she is hard to get a hold of.

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Registered: 03-31-2003
Sun, 04-06-2008 - 5:14pm

We made one that works great for us. (Don't tell my home-ec teacher I sewed it)

We used a fleece vest and inside sewed beanbags. We also put them in the pockets. DS (5) likes to wear it around as part of his "Bull Riding" outfit. (The beanbags are the pads so he doesn't get "stepped" on) Because he likes it, he doesn't mind wearing it around. Then, because he tells everyone what it is, they just think it is "cute" (or some weird, I am sure).

I also just bought him a bike racing shirt. He likes it because it is soft. Fill the back slots with waterbottles, and he has an instant "weighted shirt." However, he doesn't know it.

I also carry around some extra beanbags to put in coat pockets (or cargo pants) to "weigh" him down. They do the trick for us.

Good luck!

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Registered: 01-13-2008
Sun, 04-06-2008 - 9:48pm

my advice is to get one that fits as snuggly as possibly, not something that just hangs..

also dont allow him to wear it for too long, or it loses the effect, or at least thats what

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Registered: 04-12-2008
Sun, 05-11-2008 - 1:28am


My son has SID pretty bad.

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Registered: 05-04-2003
Sun, 05-25-2008 - 11:29pm

I'm a little late chiming in but two things:

I will try to ask his OT about it as well, though she is hard to get a hold of.


and then he goes pretty wild due to sensory stimuli, and deep pressure works to calm him down, so I think a vest could be

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