Weighted blankets, lap pads and other items can be helpful for kids with sensory issues. In this case a little possum with autism needs a lap pad so that she can sit on the sofa with her siblings and watch TV or listen to a story without soooo much wriggling and kicking that it becomes unbearable to everyone else. A very tolerant family cat used to have the same effect when he sat on her lap, but unfortunately the cat is no more :(.
The pad weighs about 3kg (small cat weight) and measures about 70cm x 55cm. It is filled with poly pellets, which means that it is washable. I strip-pieced the top from cotton fabric (leftovers from the little possum’s own dresses so that the fabric is familiar), the backing is a luxurious pink fleece (my house now looks like a pink snowstorm has been through, as it sheds horribly when being cut!). I bound it using satin ribbon.
This way the pad, not only has the nice weight, but is also very tactile and ‘strokeable’ – a sensory feast for someone who needs constant sensory input.
As you can see, my Baby Possum’s hippo had to try it out before it was given to its new owner!