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Weighted vest
Old 10-26-2008, 02:45 PM
 
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I am looking for a pattern (hopefully free) for a weighted vest. I'd like to try one out on one of my students. Has anyone had success with these or the weighted belts?

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I don't have a pattern for a vest, but I did use a backpack with a student. We filled it with heavy "treasures" for him. When he got calm, he would spend "choice time" going through the backpack. It was very effective for this particular student. Good luck!
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interesting idea!
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Great idea to use the backpack! I hadn't thought of that. I'll get one ready first thing tomorrow morning. One of my students has been having issues lately. Maybe that will help. Thanks!
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home made one
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A teacher that I used to work with made her own. They are so expensive in the store. She bought a cheap kids down vest that you can get in winter time and cut some slits in the lining. I think she put velcro at the top of the slit so it could be opened and closed. She then bought some small weights from the weight section at one of the stores. They were flat looking-like a bean bag about 3 pounds each and added them or took out as needed. It worked and was much cheaper than buying one. Could you get some fabric squares and measure out a certain amount of sand and sew it in squares like a bean bag shape together to make certain weights to add and take out

I really also like the weighted back pack ideas. I might have to try that with one of my kids.
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I've heard of weighted shirts too--use a ready made shirt and add weights.


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What kind of treasures
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Barclay-What kind of treasures did you put in that would add weight to the backpack?
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Go to a thrift store
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and buy a premade vest or jacket. If you can get one a little long, you can turn up the edge like an extra hem and pack it full of beans or rice before you re-stitch the top edge.
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Old 10-26-2008, 07:55 PM
 
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I used to just use denim jackets and cut off the sleeves (child sized) then stuff the pockets with clean socks that I had stuffed with beans, and sew the pockets shut.

I did the same thing with backpacks.
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Great Ideas!!!!
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Thank you!! These are all GREAT ideas!! I appreciate your help!

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just a question
Old 10-28-2008, 07:58 AM
 
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how do you know how much weight to add. We are not allowed to use a weighted vest without the PT's overseeing it--they check the weight for each child and how the vest fits. They were very concerned about where the weight sat and how it was balanced.


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Weighted vest
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Well, I'm not sure if it was the backpack or that we changed the environment, schedule, etc. for him but we had a great day with this kid. He kept the backpack, which I put 2 one pound bags of rice in and a "prize" for the end of the day when he got strapped in his car. (He swung at the driver yesterday and hit the security officer as he was being strapped in)

Today, he ate in the classroom with me, sang the songs that we sing by himself, brushed his teeth, went to the bathroom and was ready for the other children to come back. Then we had him sit with my parapro and work with her on very simple things for about 40-45 minutes. She gave him cheese crackers every so often for good work.

He had a snack, put his real backpack on, and walked out to the car with no problems. I buckled his seatbelt and then he got to open the backpack with the "prize." It worked. We'll see how tomorrow goes.

Thanks again for the ideas everyone!
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http://www.weightedvest.com/
Old 10-29-2008, 04:57 PM
 
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I just came across this website with patterns for weighted vest. The patterns aren't free (sorry).
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Thanks, Cortnie. I may end up doing one yet. If the child's psychiatrist writes a script they are going to get one through Shriners. I don't want to wait that long, so I'm going to improvise. I think I am going to make a couple weighted lap pads to see if it will help.
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Old 11-01-2008, 03:36 PM
 
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actually bought a vest from LLBean (i think it was a fishing vest) and added weights to the pockets and some other spots on the vest. We use vest for a few different students. Just make sure you talk to someone for how long they can wear it at one time. I believe students can only wear it for so long before needing a break.
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weighted backpack
Old 11-21-2008, 09:40 AM
 
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For a couple of my students I have used a small backpack with a couple of pounds of rice in it. It actually seems to help! I let another teacher borrow it for one of her students and she said she saw a dramatic difference in his behavior.

Now the one child I wanted it for it really didn't help. I ended up getting bit by that child after 2 weeks of careful work with him. He just lost it for no apparent reason. I'm at my wits end as to how to work with him and all I get from my Sped dept and team are shrugged shoulders and the "hang in there" line.
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Old 03-20-2009, 01:52 PM
 
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Have you seen this website? It has the pattern you're asking for.
4h.missouri.edu/events/fashionrevue/vest.pdf
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Old 03-30-2009, 05:47 PM
 
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I have found the very affective. Another thing you can do is go to a Good Will story and buy a regular vest and then just sew in pockets/slots for the weights to go in.
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