Have you met Kevin the Calming Koala?
Weighted sensory toys for kids
Have you met Kevin the Calming Koala? This little marsupial miracle worker has the power and personality to calm anxious kids and help them sleep.
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Weighted toys, also often referred to as sensory toys, can come in many shapes and sizes. Usually they are weighted stuffed animals that are heavier than what you can normally boy in a toy store.
Why are they so effective? Let’s find out.
Kevin the Calming Koala is 1.2kg making him the perfect companion for your child seeking additional sensory feedback.
His additional weight and size (33cm tall) provides proprioceptive input that can help soothe an overactive brain and promotes calmness.
He works similarly to weighted blankets but is smaller and more portable – a perfect self-regulating aid that your kid can always have with them on the go!
Weighted stuffed animals are the most versatile of weighted therapy products. They can sit in a child’s lap to provide sensory input as well as provide kids with a fidget.
Carrying a weighted animal during transitions provides sensory input and keeps hands occupied. Snuggling a weighted animal at night provides calming input as well.
What’s the science?
Weighted products have been shown to generate proprioceptive input on our bodies. For many people, this input causes the brain to release neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, among others. These neurotransmitters released by the brain have naturally calming effects, which have proven to be beneficial for people experiencing anxiety, stress, or sensory processing issues.
Although they don’t work for everyone, those who benefit from deep pressure find weighted materials such as vests, blankets, lap pillows and stuffed animals to be very helpful in calming in the daytime hours and increasing sleep at night.
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