ADHD

ADHD is a chronic condition marked by persistent inattention, hyperactivity, and sometimes impulsitivity.

Many children with attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have trouble calming down and self-regulating. Occupational therapists have long used weighted blankets to help children with sensory issues and anxiety, including ADHD. ADHD can sometimes make it hard to feel a sense of calm because of difficulties such as:

  • Managing emotions 
  • Coping with feelings of anger 
  • Settling down after outbursts or over-excitement
  • Dealing with stress
  • Winding down at night

There are other conditions that can cause these challenges. Some, like autism and anxiety, commonly co-occur with ADHD. A weighted blanket can boost serotonin and melatonin levels and reduce cortisol, helping kids self-regulate and feel more relaxed. (Weighted blankets shouldn’t be used with infants and toddlers. They can pose safety risks for very young children.)

A weighted cover helps:

  • the muscles and nervous system relax leading to reduced anxiety 
  • improve sleep quality aiding recovery of a stressed body
  • self-regulation

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