Unfortunately, they are far from cheap. Currently at TABAC he also wears an excellent deep pressure weighted vest that provides him with the sensory input he needs to sit calmly in his chair and do work. I'm not sure where they purchased it or what it's called. The one I purchased was from Abilitations.com and cost about $80. Unfortunately, I searched their site now and don't see anything for a manageable price there.
Thankfully, however, apparently Fun and Function does have an affordable weighted vest, in the $50.00 - $70.00 range.
Also, on closer look, it seems that Abilitations has some weighted Tank Tops for about $26.00, if that's enough for you.
There are several other weighted vest options on Amazon through Fun and Function and some other stores; take a look at the link.
Here is a photo of Dovi wearing the Abilitations Weighted Vest. He is inside the breakfront where I was busy cleaning for Pesach... ha.
As for the weighted blanket, that didn't come cheap either. And funnily enough - Dovi doesn't really need it. He throws blankets off himself, and he throws this one off too. Either the weights arent distributed well, or he doesnt like how it feels, or he just doesnt need the weighted blanket. He could probably use a wrapping/swaddling technique rather than weights on himself. But I did try to use the blanket with him from time to time. For now, it remains up on a high shelf somewhere.
Here is an amazon link to weighted blankets, if that's something you're looking for.
We bought some other things in that Abilitations order - things that were helpful for Dovi's under-sensitivity to touch. One of the most basic items used to calm down a child with sensory processing disorder is the sensory brush. Chaim's OT had used it with him when he was getting OT as a baby - and he didnt even have SPD, it just helped him focus better. I don't use it so much anymore on Dovi, but it was an essential item to take along with me during large, noisy family outings such as Purim. Brushing his hands and feet often took the edge off the 'crazy feeling. I
also got him a vibrating back massager and vibrating hair brush; I found the vibrating hair brush didnt make much of a difference, but the vibrating back massager often did.
Last summer Dovi had an excellent special ed therapist who taught me how to do deep pressure massages on his back and legs which calmed him down instantaneously and helped him concentrate on doing work and learning. She also came up with a genius idea: She purchased a 10 pound bag of rice and put it into a pillowcase. She put this pillowcase down on Dovi's lap during their learning sessions and she was amazed at how calm he was. Recently I bought a weighted lap pad, but I miscalculated the weight; I had not realized that 8 pounds of gel in a lap pad is not the same thing as 10 pounds of rice. It was way too heavy. I recently returned it to Amazon and it cost me 11 dollars to return ship it!!! At some point when Dovi's SSI coffers are refilled I hope to buy a less heavy version of the weighted lap pad.
Fun and Function really has some amazing innovations, and most of it is available on amazon. Here is a link to their amazon storefront; if you end up buying anything from them, I will make a small commission, which will, of course, go straight to Dovi's fund. So if you're planning to buy any sensory products on Amazon, please use one of my links.
Most of Dovi's proprioceptive stimming involves using his hands to.... basically destroy the house. I will discuss some solutions to that in a future post. For now, I'm starting to get very tired... I've been posting all night; I updated all four of my blogs! A gitteh voch.