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Neurodiversity Awareness/Appreciation

Neurodiversity Awareness/Appreciation

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Review: Peace Weighted Products Weighted Stuffed Animal

(Part of this review was also published in my ADHD/Autism/Special Needs Gift Guide!)

Children with autism, ADHD, and various other special needs are often calmed and centered by holding, pushing, or being covered with a heavy object. Kristi Samson, the owner of Peace Weighted Products and also the mother of two children with special needs, makes weighted stuffed animals and other things for children. She started her store in order to provide weighted products at a more affordable price than many of the other stores out there sell. I had the opportunity to review one of her products recently and my opinion is that her products are high quality, durable, and loveable.

Kristi asked me if I would like to review a lap pad or a weighted stuffed animal. Of course, you know, I chose the stuffed animal! I love animals... even stuffed ones. I had not looked at pictures of the weighted stuffed animals Kristi makes, and I was somehow expecting some sort of weighted pillow shaped like an animal. I was delighted to get this tiger in the mail!

He is very soft and snuggly, with floppy arms and legs. He weighs about two pounds. I wasn't sure that would be enough weight for me... ideally I would sleep with a 150 pound blanket over me... although it would definitely be heavy enough for a child. However, I found that sleeping with him sitting on my belly actually helped... and he also helps me get work done when he sits on my lap while I'm at the computer!

The weighted stuffed animals Kristi makes include a cow, a monkey, a pig, dogs, cats, a dinosaur, a giraffe, a ladybug, teddy bears, a lion, and a tiger. These stuffed animals look just like a regular stuffed animal you'd find in a toy store, with sweet faces and soft fur. They are weighted with bean bag pouches filled with nontoxic aquarium gravel. Stuffing is then added around the bean bag pouches, so they are still soft and cuddly instead of crunchy!

Kristi suggests many ways that a weighted stuffed animal can be used by a child. For instance, a child can carry his stuffed animal while going on an errand with his family, such as to the grocery store. The heavy object in his arms serves to help him stay calm and grounded, while also keeping his hands busy and less likely to touch random objects. It can act as a transitional object that the child can bring with him from home, to school and other places.

Peace Weighted Products also makes weighted blankets, lap pads, neck wraps, and shirts. Be sure to check them out! 

With the holidays coming up, a weighted stuffed animal would make a great gift for some lucky kid! (Or adult... as you can see, I am very happy with my tiger!)

5 comments :

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    1. Yes, there are many choices, including a cow, a monkey, a pig, dogs, cats, a dinosaur, a giraffe, a ladybug, teddy bears, a lion, and a tiger.

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  2. This is so cute! I'm glad you got one for yourself!

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  3. This is so great! I shared your post on my Facebook page. :-)

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  4. I'm so glad you got to review and keep one of these awesome items! I think it would be helpful to a lot of people :)

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