Weighted Vest Sewing Pattern PDF epattern. Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder. Sizes 18 month-12

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I am a mother of a son with Autism as well as a COTA (Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant). I have heard countless parents ask how they can make a weighted vest for their child. There just isn't a lot of good info out there, especially all in one place. With this pattern, I show you how to make a weighted vest, and also give you detailed instructions on how to weight it. I suggest using washers and padding them instead of bulky rice or poly beads. This is a less bulky and more comfortable way to add weight. A girl ruffle version and basic casual version are included. This is a project for an experienced beginner. Email support is always available if you get stuck.

Included in the e-file:

-full size patterns for 12 sizes of vests: 18 Months, 2T, 3T, 4T, 5T, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12.
-tutorials and pattern pieces for faux flap pockets and ruffle pockets
-materials list and information on making weights
-sizing information
-detailed instructions with photos

How can this vest help a child with Autism or Sensory Processing Disorder? Extra weight provides proprioceptive input to the joints. Proprioceptive input can affect the behavior of a child with sensory needs. Propioceptive input can calming to a child who is hyperactive and can be stimulating to a child who is lethargic. It can also help children pay attention better. Always use a weighted vest under the supervison of an Occupational Therapist.

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I also have regular vest patterns: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LadybugBend?section_id=11084392

This pattern is not to be copied or reproduced in any way. Feel free to sell finished vests from this pattern.

Photos courtesy of Sweet Pickles Photography

Average review
really easy to follow directions, clear and concise! amazing recommendations for weights
Mar 26, 2018 by Peggy Lushine
Nov 8, 2017 by Jody Wendt
Oct 24, 2017 by Jill Longan
working on mine now!
Oct 16, 2017 by Sara Battaglia
Sep 24, 2017 by Lindzie B

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