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Thread: I made the heavy blanket for my autistic grandson

  1. #31
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    Nov 2012
    I hope it works for him. My son is autistic and weighted vests and things like this have been tried, but I don't think they did anything. iv' heard it works for some. The only way to know is to try it.

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    Super Member karenpatrick's Avatar
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    Feb 2011
    Rosedale, Indiana
    Can't wait to see a picture of it and I'm sure your grandson will love it. Good Grandma.

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    Super Member MartiMorga's Avatar
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    Jun 2011
    Springville, Tennessee
    What great information and what a great project that would be for quilting guilds and other clubs!!!! I have a nephew who has ausbergers, but he is high functioning and attends Ferris State University and studying very hard in HVAC. I know it is harder for him, but he is determined. Some of his teachers are not as patient as they could be, but they don't understand his learning disability. Love the blanket, loved the "House Rules" novel. Love, love, love.

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    Jun 2009
    Owensboro, KY
    I quilt at church with a friend whose son is autistic. She says he loves a weighted blanket similar to what I would think a stole would be, to wrap around his shoulders and neck area. He finds it very calming too. Great gift!
    Karen in Kentucky

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    I just saw on tv tonight about the progress that has been made with non-verbal autistic children using I-pads. It showed children that they could not get to respond to what they were trying to teach by regular methods, but when they tried to teach the same concepts with an I-pad, they would respond. They told of one little boy that they thought had the IQ of a toddler that when using the I-pad, they were amazed at how much he knew. Here is a link to it: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18560_16...g-on-the-ipad/
    I hope the link works.
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    Senior Member jollyquilting's Avatar
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    My daughter and I made my great grand-son a weighted vest and a small blanket for him too. He just loves it and used it for Church and made it through almost all of the service.

  7. #37
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    It really is amazing how the heavy blankets do calm an autistic individual. I work in a residential facility for disabled adults, and we do have a couple of autistic residents. One in particular uses the weighted blanket, especially if upset about something. Thanks for sharing!
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    Super Member snipforfun's Avatar
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    Here is a link for a pattern that was shown on Nancy Zieman recently.


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