Sensa-Calm Creates Calming Blankets for Special Needs Customers
Six-year-old D.J. Moody doesn't know it, but his new, weighted blanket has been blessed. Across town, a pastor and a seamstress are praying. “Lord we pray for the parents and mother of the child, and they need an awful lot of rest,” says Roger Kittle as he prays with his wife Carol. They pray for children like D.J. with sensory processing disorders, autism and other special needs.
“It's almost like being hugged,” says Brenda Cooper with Sensa-Calm. “They feel that sense of security like swaddling.” Each Sensa-calm order comes in to the St. Elmo office where one of more than 60 fabrics for their weighted blankets is measured and cut. One of several seamstresses picks up the order, the fabric and filler, and takes them home to mark, sew and fill.
Each pocket gets the perfect amount of pellets to create a weight specific to each child or adult. in D.J.'s case, it's 6 pounds that make a real difference. “For D.J. to have something really heavy, it helps him understand where his body is in space,” says his Occupational Therapist Courtney Pittman. “It helps calm him. It helps him be more organized."
And before the blankets are packed and shipped… “We will make a note on the order with the child's name and any particular problem and that shows up on the order and when the seamstresses get the order, they make a point of praying,” Cooper explains. “When you talk on the phones to the mothers who are in tears because they haven't had sleep since these children were born, and they have the sense that there is possible relief on the horizon, it's wonderful."
For more information on Sensa-Calm’s blankets, click here to visit their website.
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