Weighted Items Help Children Calm Down

Posted: August 23rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, News, Parent Blog | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Children sometimes need help calming down for many reasons.

 Sometimes the body is not able to calm down on its own.  For example:

  • a child can’t sit still in school
  •  the tags/rough fabric of their uniform is rubbing against their skin

Here are other reasons why a child could be acting out.

  • The Child has ADHD/ADD characteristics
  • The Child has sensory issues: over-stimulated/under-stimulated by their environment
  • The Child is affected by a recent move, going back to school or other family challenges

What can you do to help?

Often the simple act of adding weight/pressure might help the child calm down. The extra weight provides deep-pressure touch and calming input to the nervous system.


weighted item

Resources to make or buy weighted items.



Instructions to make a Weighted Lap Snake

 This is an easy way to try the concept and to see how the child responds.

Make one or more snakes and introduce them when the child is calm and happy. Place a snake in the child’s lap or drape it over his shoulders. Observe whether the child is less restless. Some parents/ teachers use the weighted snakes when they cannot stay right beside the child.

Instructions for sewing the Lap Snake:

  1. Use a long tube socks, one for each “snake.” You can also use thick tights or stockings and cut them off about 18” from the toe. Serge or whipstitch the cut edges.
  2. Fill each sock with four cups of rice or other similar pellets like pinto beans or split peas.
  3. Close the end of the tube sock by hand or machine, sewing the opening with small, sturdy stitches or use a rubber band.
  4. If desired, draw a simple face on the sewn side of the sock, making the seam the “mouth.”


 Gina Deveary

 4-C Early interventionist/Instructor


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Bet you learned that word in school!

Posted: November 17th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: News, Parent Blog | No Comments »

Parent Blogger TagI’m more than positive that 99 percent of parents have made that very statement.

Whether it is something really strange or possible dirty, our kids pick up on all of it. Some by chance are just a reflection of us.

I was talking to my friend who has a 13 year old that has just entered middle school. Trying times in those grades are not unheard of both academically and mentally.

Her son had been having a tough time in his Language Arts class. Listening to the teacher one day, she had said,”Funner”. Sam raised his had immediately and stated that she should have used the term “more fun” since “funner” wasn’t a word.
My friend and I have always been pretty strict about bad grammar but was upset that her son had corrected the teacher. I gave Sam a little credit and made his Mom realize that he had just saved 30 kids from going home and using the word “funner”.

Most of us assume that our kids learn the things that we don’t want them to learn from their peers. It’s never safe to assume.


Pajama Rides!

Posted: September 29th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: News, Parent Blog | 3 Comments »

Parent Blogger TagMy parents were very conservative and raised both my brother and myself to be very aware of finances and learn what necessities are opposed to a frivolous purchase. I thank them for that in this economy.

My children aren’t as aware of the economic hardships parents are enduring and can’t understand that the toy, special shampoo, or extra cereal at the grocery just isn’t in the budget.

I’ve always tried to reward all 3 of my children when they do something good that warranted praise and haven’t been able to in a while except for a simple “good job kiddo”. That doesn’t seem to have the same effect as a new bunch of head bands or temporary tattoos. 

All of the kids were home on a weekend (which is rare) and I decided to surprise them for one of my Mom’s famous “Pajama Rides”. This is where we were woken up with banging pots and pans with wooden spoons to take a ride in the car in our pajama’s to ride out the other end of town for a root beer float or to the drive in movies. It was always something so extraordinary because of my mom, who always went over the top.  It was all very exciting when you are little.

I hadn’t done one since my son (who is now 3) had been born so I decided to break him in!

I banged on the first pan with my spoon and my 17 year old came to attention at her door and looked at me the way she used to when she was little. My 15 year old was more pleased to share this with her little brother than the adventure itself.  I had a cooler packed with ice cream, bowls, spoons and sprinkles that was sure to please! We all piled into the car and headed to EP Tom Sawyer Park where I threw a blanket in the grass and started to fix our treats. I had approval giggles and smiles across the board. We star gazed for a long while before the little one noticed that I had disturbed his sleep and started yawning. All of the kids hugged me tighter than usual and thanked me for a memory that they will have.

It just goes to show that with a little imagination we can all make lasting memories and show our kids how much we love them without all the “stuff” that money can buy.


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