It all started with Temple Gradin’s work on Autism. This american profesor came up with an idea of therapy based on using weight and pressure. As the years went by, science community was more and more involved into this kind of researches. Doctors were watching children suffering from Autism and using sensory quilts, waiting for an evidence of their positive effects.
Although Gradin did not invent sensory quilt per se. She imagined so called squeeze machine. It worked in a very similar way as sensory quilts work nowadays. People testing both these therapy tools described the pressure as calming and relaxing.
The real breakthrough took place in 2002, when Diane Walker and Kathleen McCormack published their book „The Weighted Blanket: An Essential Nutrient In a Sensory Diet”. Since then scientists are looking for the ways to improve the way a sensory quilt works, as well as they are trying to find another purposes of its use.
Sensory quilts are used both by children and aduts. Although socjety thinks sensory quits are meant to be used only by people suffering from diseases such as Autism or Alzheimer’s disease, they are highy appreciated by people that were not diagnosed with any problems of this kind. The stress of modern life caused by profession or social problems may lead to anxiety. Using sensory quilt is an amazing tool to work with it instead of taking sedative. As a matter of fact use of sensory quilts might be limitless – but that is just something for scientists to work on.