Sunday, February 1, 2015

Weighted Items for Calm and Focus

My 7-year-old attends a fabulous elementary school in Seattle. Queen Anne Elementary follows a Creative Curriculum and embraces Social Emotional Learning as an essential part of kids' education.

A few months ago, I was approached by QAE's Social Emotional Learning Committee to create weighted items for use in the classroom. The pressure of these heavy bags is very soothing for anyone with sensory struggles, stress and anxiety, or simply a case of the wiggles.

I made a variety of weighted lap bags and weighted shoulder pads for use by the kiddos as tools for calm and focus. You can see a few examples in the picture above, in our school colors of purple and orange. You can read more details on the school's SEL blog here: "Tools for Calm and Focus"

I'd be happy to take custom requests for these. I think they belong in every home. Both my kids and I have enjoyed trying these out while I was working on them. They feel great!

These weighted items consist of an heavy-duty cotton insert filled with rice (3-6 lbs, depending on size) and double-stitched all around, inserted into a cover made from either muslin (100% cotton), flannel (100% cotton), or polar fleece (100% polyester). The cover is removable and washable, with a Velcro opening.

If you're interested in a custom weighted lap or shoulder bag, please contact me at jennybartoy {AT} gmail {DOT} com.

Photos by Meg Ferris

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