QUESTION: Why Use Weighted Vests?

QUESTION:

Can you please clarify for me the reasons for using weighted vest? What are the advantages and disadvantages?

GWEN’S ANSWER:

A weighted vest provides extra proprioceptive input. Proprioceptive input gives us information about our bodies—where our parts are in relationship to each other and more. This type of input has an organizing effect on our brains. Kids who will benefit the most are the kids who appear to be under-responsive to proprioceptive input. You can print off a Sensory Symptoms Checklist from my website.

The only potential disadvantage would be for kids who have low muscle tone. I usually use compression garments rather than weighted garments for kids with low tone.

I hope that helps! Please let me know if you need further clarification.

Best Wishes,
Gwen

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