The Spokane Valley Fire Department has purchased some weighted blankets from the Isaac Foundation.
These blankets have been delivered to most stations and ALS apparatus. The blankets are for use on fire trucks to be available for calming individuals with autism. They can, however, be used for anyone who may be in crisis, stressed or having a bad day. They can even be used to calm a fellow firefighter.
“We wanted to help the Spokane Valley Fire Department to be better prepared and to have training in calming techniques with individuals with autism,” said Holly Lytle, founder and Executive Director of Isaac Foundation. “The great thing about the weighted blankets is they help everyone who is experiencing crisis, not just those with autism. The SVFD is going to find that these blankets are a huge asset to their crisis response.”
Weighted blankets are a comfort to individuals with autism, sensory processing disorder, anxiety, Tourette's syndrome, ADHD and can enhance a person's quality of sleep by reducing anxiety and agitation.
“We are always looking for ways to improve crisis response,” said Fire Captain and Paramedic, Jeff Fraser. “This seemed like a great option to incorporate for helping those individuals who are in distress and in need of care.”
Weighted blankets and lap pads are made with a synthetic poly pellet that is machine washable.
The perfect weighted blanket is 10 percent of the body weight. Another alternative is the weighted lap pad. These are excellent for use in smaller areas or when away from home to improve focus and concentration during sit down classroom work, eating meals, or even riding in the car.