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Thread: I made the heavy blanket for my autistic grandson

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    You are a very NICE grand to do this.
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    I made a few for friends using polar fleece and plastic pellets. Each blanket was 5 founds. The blanket was sewed into 25 grids.. Each one holding an equal amount of beads. I found that towards the end of finishing the blanket, it was helpful to have a second person to help hold and guide the blanket as the sheer weight of it made it slow going through the needle. After figuring out how to make the first one, the others took no time at all. These are much appreciated gifts that are very expensive if bought on line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ngeorgia View Post
    Thank you for the wonderful idea and pattern. I have friends with autistic grandchildren and will be using this idea and sharing with others who will be thrilled to have the pattern. Thank you again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by conniescretions View Post
    Just found out my grandson has autism. They suggested a weighted blanket for him. I am going to try and make him one. That's for the tips.
    The basic rule is 10% of body weight + 1 pound. Have fun!

    Thank you everyone for your comments. I will post a picture if my DIL has time to take a picture and post it to me. You can imagine how busy she is with TWO autistic sons, ages 11 and 13. The older boy that now has the weighted blanket, is more affected: non-verbal and pretty frustrated a lot of the time. However, he's very sweet when he's not bouncing around. He's in a private school, finally, due to a shocking incident at his public school - paid for by the school system. In very short order, he finally learned to say his phone number - something we've wished for for a long time. The younger boy is almost too verbal! He's mainstreamed, but has repeated a couple of grades. He'll graduate from regular high school eventually, and we've been told he'll probably be eligible for George Mason Univ's program for autistic adults. When we heard that, we were over the moon. His biggest interest is Little Theater.He's a real ham.
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    Sounds great. I would also like to see it. Hope all goes well.

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    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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    Can't wait to see a picture of it and I'm sure your grandson will love it. Good Grandma.

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    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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    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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    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.
    Jo

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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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    Here is a link for a pattern that was shown on Nancy Zieman recently.

    http://www.projectlinus.org/patterns...erylWtBlkt.pdf

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