QUESTION: New Protocol for Weighted Vests?

QUESTION:

Are there any new protocols for children wearing weighted vests?

GWEN’S ANSWER:

I am not aware of any new protocols for the wearing of weighted garments. The general recommendation is up to 10% of the child’s body weight in the vest to be left on for 20–50 minutes at a time and then removed for at least that long. I only recommend them for kids whose sensory assessments show they are actively seeking more proprioceptive input and who have normal muscle tone. For kids with low muscle tone, I feel like compression garments are more appropriate rather than weighted ones. I hope that helps!

Best Wishes,
Gwen