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Frequently Asked Questions
Why use a weighted product?
Research has shown that weighted products provide deep touch pressure sensations through the child's trunk. Many children with autism, ADHD or other sensory integration needs respond positively to this deep touch pressure. It helps attain calming and organizing influences to the nervous system. Occupational therapists use weighted products in pediatric therapy for improvement in body awareness, joint and muscle sensations for discrimination of force, pressure discriminations, body position and awareness or changes in body motion. Deep touch pressure is believed to reduce sensory sensitivities, to improve the nervous system state, and to increase potentials for endurance of task attention and persistence. Please consult your medical professional to discuss your specific situation.

"When Jaime goes to sensory integration therapy, he wears a weighted vest. The vest is heavy, but not so heavy that he can't move around. It helps calm him down. After sensory integration therapy, he seems to find it easier to work on skills, and to interact with other people." (Nancy Guggenheim, Coordinating Teacher, Adaptive Physical Education from Autism through the lifespan: the Eden model by David L. Holmes, Ed. D 1997)

Temple Grandin states in her book "Thinking in Pictures" (2006) that pressure applied by a padded, weighted vest can help a hyperactive child sit still. Therapists have found that providing deep pressure can calm the nervous system.

Weighted products should be used under the direction and advice of a healthcare professional or licensed therapist and should be worn while under adult supervision.

The designers and manufactures of the calming hugs products are not physicians and do not intend to provide healthcare services. calming hugs does not provide medical advice, professional diagnosis, opinion, treatment, products or services. This Website, the information referenced herein and the Products offered for purchase do not constitute an attempt to practice medicine. Your use of the Website or purchase of products does not establish a doctor-patient relationship between you and calming hugs or its employees.

When and how long should a weighted vest be worn?
Karen L. Cook, Occupational Therapist, recommends wearing a weighted vest with desktop activities or during times that sensory processing or hypersensitivities are increased (with child's participation in group activities, in crowded or noisy environments, during play on the playground, or highly stimulating environments like a school lunch room). The weight of the vest should be approximately 10% of the child's body weight. Duration of wear is based on age and weight of the child. The vest can be worn during a variety of activities, with duration of wear based on the child attaining his/her personal threshold and tolerance for wear. The child's occupational therapist can assist you in recommendations for initial and continuing wear schedule to structure your child's use and gain in wear and ultimate benefits from use of the vest. Some children need the vest to be fully weighted as recommended for their body weight to benefit from the deep pressure sensation and calming that the vests can provide, while others begin with reduced weight to fit their individual sensory needs. Some children start out wearing the vests for 15-30 minutes during suggested activities or environments where sensory hypersensitivities persist; then ultimately increase wear time, when the vests prove beneficial to the situations/environments that are challenging to the child.

Weighted products should be used under the direction and advice of a healthcare professional or licensed therapist and should be worn while under adult supervision.

The designers and manufactures of the calming hugs products are not physicians and do not intend to provide healthcare services. calming hugs does not provide medical advice, professional diagnosis, opinion, treatment, products or services. This Website, the information referenced herein and the Products offered for purchase do not constitute an attempt to practice medicine. Your use of the Website or purchase of products does not establish a doctor-patient relationship between you and calming hugs or its employees.

How do I determine the correct hug vest size?
We recommend ordering one size larger than your child's normal jacket size due to the spacing of our hug weights and to allow for the growth of your loved one. Please refer to the dimensions on the hug vest page to determine the appropriate hug vest for you. Our adult hug vest sizes run large.

Is the hug vest washable?
Yes. We recommend removing the hug weights prior to washing. We also suggest using cold water and to line dry or tumble dry on low heat.

What if my hug vest does not fit?
You have 30 days to return your hug vest for a refund, less a $12.00 handling fee. We will work with you to obtain a better size suited to your situation.

How will my hug products be delivered?
calming hugs uses the United States Postal Service for product deliveries. We request delivery tracking to ensure our creation arrives at its appropriate destination.

How long will it take for my hug product to be delivered?
Please allow 2-3 weeks for your order to be processed. If you have a rush request, please use the Contact Us page to discuss your special situation.
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