Weighted products are perfect for who have and benefit from . A or can have a effect, reduce , and they can even improve a ‘s focus. Focus is probably the biggest hurdle we face in our homeschool because of Grasshopper’s . We’ve experienced success in improving with various weighted techniques with an . It’s been a process of trial and error, but it’s been a game changer to learn that weighted provide that Grasshopper benefits from.
We recently ordered a weighted for to help him calm down to fall asleep, but I also wanted something that could sit on his lap during school. Especially during reading and spelling class when his dyslexia means he needs to focus more. So I pulled together some resources from around the house and made one myself!
How to Make Your Own Weighted Lap Friend
First you’ll need to round up some supplies. I used a small pillow animal but you could use any type of animal. I recommend – as they’re specifically made for weighted and ). Finally, you’ll need a zip lock , duct tape, seam ripper, needle and thread.
The first step is to put the desired amount of into a zip lock . You should check with an or doctor before using weighted products on your . A general rule of thumb though, is to use enough to equal 10% of their to achieve the desired effect. After putting your weights into a ziplock , place the over the animal. Fold the over to the appropriate size, remove all the air, and duct tape the to the appropriate size. If you’re using an animal that sits up, you may need to tape the into more of a ball shape.
Next, it’s time to perform surgery on the toy. Use your seam ripper to rip out a seam on one side of the toy. Then start pulling out some stuffing. You probably won’t need to remove all of it just just take out about half to start with.
Next, it’s time to insert the weights! Slide your zip lock of weights into the opening. After the weights are inside the toy, you may be able to put some of the stuffing back into the toy. Add back as much stuffing as desired, then push the stuffing and weights around until you have then distributed proportionately throughout the toy.