Poster Session
Issue Date: August 2020
Published Online: August 01, 2020
Updated: September 09, 2020
The Impact of Weighted Blankets on the Sleep and Sensory Experiences of Autistic Adults
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL, USA
  • Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL, USA
  • Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL, USA
  • Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL, USA
  • Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL, USA
  • Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL, USA
Article Information
Autism/Autism Spectrum Disorder / Prevention and Intervention
Poster Session   |   August 01, 2020
The Impact of Weighted Blankets on the Sleep and Sensory Experiences of Autistic Adults
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, August 2020, Vol. 74, 7411515430. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2020.74S1-PO6802
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, August 2020, Vol. 74, 7411515430. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2020.74S1-PO6802
Abstract

Date Presented 03/27/20

Through an online survey of open-ended questions, this qualitative study explored the impact of weighted blankets on sleep and autistic adults’ sensory experiences. Autistic adults were recruited from online support communities. Qualitative data was analyzed using grounded theory until saturation was reached. Multiple researchers and data sources ensure rigor and trustworthiness of data. Participants reported benefits in sleep, sensory issues, and stress reduction from weighted blanket use.

Primary Author and Speaker: Librya Green

Additional Authors and Speakers: Erika Willis, Natalie Ziev, Debora Oliveira, Barbara Kornblau

Contributing Authors: Scott Robertson