Visual Diary #4 - Weighted Blankets
Weighted blankets have so many benefits for people with numerous disorders such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and ADHD. In more recent studies they have also been found beneficial for children with Autism. Regardless of who they help, it’s amazing to me that a product was developed in order to physically help ease these disorders. I view this as a service because they continue to develop these products to meet the needs for people with each of these disorders.
The reason they work is underlying in DPT or Deep Pressure Therapy. Deep touch pressure is anything that gently applies weight and pressure to the body, therefore, these blankets can often times mimic the feeling of a hug, which is why they have been helpful for children with autism and other disorders. They are even especially effective for adults who have a hard time sleeping due to disorders such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD because the weight and pressure puts them at ease and allows them to sleep better regardless of the disorder they may have.
The reason I see this as service design and not just helpful design is because they continue to develop these blankets and find ways to specifically help the people with these disorders. I think the research being done with these blankets in efforts to help kids with Autism is inspiring and I can’t imagine how much it must help parents with kids that have autism when it comes to getting them to fall asleep at night or just being able to calm them down during an episode.