My DS1's psych has just suggested that he may benefit from a weighted blanket when he is in meltdown mode to help calm him down enough for his brain to think rationally to use his standard techniques to further calm himself (deep breaths, count to ten etc).
As they are so horribly expensive, and we just want to trial them, she has suggested some other things that some of her clients use, like those around the shoulder wheat bag things, toys refilled with rice that sit on laps, etc. DS has said he really wants the shoulder one, so I was thinking of whipping up one with some fabric and filling it with rice.
Anyway I was just wondering if anyone uses weighted things and what is it? How heavy is it and does it work for your child? When and how often do they need to use it and do you use it out or just at home?