Research has shown that those with sensory processing disorders can benefit from weighted toys. Special Needs Resources has a range of weighted animals of varying weights and sizes which can aid in calming and satisfying the need for deep pressure. Our range of plush toys are made here in Australia by a reputable supplier. Our smaller sand filled toys are less weighty but portable to make them available wherever you are.
In people with sensory processing disorder, the brain has difficulty receiving and processing information taken in via the senses. For adults and kids with sensory processing disorder there is a disconnect between external stimuli and the way the brain takes in and responds to information. The sound of a siren might be overwhelming or painful. Basic, routine touches — like the feel of clothing against the skin or a metal zipper touching the body can be unbearable. Sensory processing disorder can be likened to a neurological “traffic jam,” where information taken in through the senses gets jumbled and disorganized. This can lead to everyday stimuli becoming overwhelming and even a source of pain. When those around you don't seem to get bothered by routine noises, light and touch, it can be difficult to make others understand just how disruptive sensory processing disorder can be.
Weighted toys may help children and adults with sensory processing disorder feel calmer and more relaxed. Weights can vary depending on the user’s needs and comfort level, weighted toys are made with weight between 500g and 3.6kg and the size of the toys will depend on what suits the individual. The weight of the toy provides firm but gentle pressure known as “deep pressure touch” or deep pressure stimulation. According to research published in the Journal of Sleep Medicine & Disorders, “The application of deep pressure has been reported to produce a calming and relaxing effect in clinical conditions such as autism spectrum disorders (ASD), attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and pervasive developmental disorders. Applying deep pressure has been shown to be beneficial for children with high levels of anxiety or arousal and deep pressure touch may also alleviate anxiety self-soothing tool for adults and children with sensory processing disorder, ADHD, autism, insomnia and a host of other health conditions. These items may also be effective for those with fibromyalgia and restless leg syndrome.