DIY Weighted Toy/Lap Pad (low Spoons)
I went to Kmart today as I had a free day and needed to get out of the house, they have obviously begun to bring out stock for the new Season as the place was a bit of a mess but I was very happy to see a new product line which I think will be beneficial to People who need DPT/pressure stimming.
Heat me ups are a new (to NZ Kmart anyway) line of cute heatable products.
The majority of the products in the line use a natural grain filling that can be microwaved to provide heat like traditional wheat bags. however, there was an earmuff type that I was unable to get a photo of which I believe use those gel packs which you re-boil after use.
The thing I like most about this range is that they have several different ways of containing the filling. some are fully enclosed like a traditional wheat bag, some have a velcro cover like you would find on children’s hot water bottles and some are longer to be placed around the neck/shoulders.
This means that they are easily convertible for people seeking extra weight.
The Teddy bear/ rabbit type has a cover which is very soft and silky and it is removable so the inner could be replaced with a heavier weighted bag.
they are also fairly loose fitting around the insert (the part that contains the grain) which I believe is to make it easier to put on and take off this means that if you struggle with low spoons you could buy two and take the insert from one and add it to the other cover. this is actually pretty inexpensive as they start at only $9 (NZD).
the red heart fabric on the more traditional style ones is a very soft Minky style and nice for tactile stimming. the blue looks like corduroy but I think it feels a lot softer and not as rigid.
the robot is a mix of fine ribbed jersey and a soft fleece o the back. the decorative stitching is very soft and not scratchy.
this type is a few dollars more but is longer and very similar to the sensory snakes that I have seen sold for large amounts of money at disability/therapy shops online, I’m not sure if the cover on this style is removable but if not it would be a fairly easy job to unpick the end seam,add more weight and sew shut and could be done either by hand or on a basic sewing machine).
I have found that for lighter pressure stimming wheat bags by themselves are already a pretty good weight but for people who prefer heavier weights, i believe that this range is easily adaptable to individual needs.
the who range is made with colors and fabrics that should be good for majority people with heightened senses/sensitivities and the prices are very reasonable