Another one of our favorite multisensory yoga tools to use with our students during our one-on-one instruction time and in our after school yoga program is the weighted lap pad or any weighted pillow or bean bag.
Weighted lap pads, pillows and/or blankets help our students with lots of energy, whether that energy is physical or anxious in nature but are beneficial for *all* of our Fit Abilities Students. Additionally, since our students are visually impaired, it also provides a sense of environmental safety since it can be an external reminder of where their body is in space. According to Psychology Today weighted accessories are beneficial in the following ways: “providing input to the deep pressure touch receptors throughout the body,” Moore says. “Deep pressure touch helps the body relax. Like a firm hug, weighted blankets help us feel secure, grounded, and safe.” Moore says this is the reason many people like to sleep under a comforter even in summer. (Source Psychology Today: Choosing A Blanket To Help You Sleep)
We like to use weighted blankets in the following ways:
1. By placing the weighted lap pad on the students stomach or back in any socially/emotionally or physically safe position for the individual student during our after school yoga routine.
2. By placing it in the student’s lap while they are completing a Braille, Assistive Technology or other academic lesson that is IEP related.
Where you can purchase a weighted lap pad, blanket or pillow:
More Reading on the benefits of weighted blankets, pillows and lap pads:
Please check out Pt. 1 of this blog series here