Providing weighted blankets for children with Autism
Welcome to The Soothing Stitches Project!
The Soothing Stitches Project is a registered and incorporated 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Public Charity based in Syracuse, New York.
Our mission is to make and provide free weighted blankets to children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Pediatric Cancer, and our U.S. Veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), both in our local community, and throughout the United States.
To help support our mission, make your tax-deductible donation today!
Post Traumatic Stress
Due to public health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we do not have any community
events scheduled at this time.
Please check back for more information in the coming months!
Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are more likely to have disturbed sleep than typically developing children, with a prevalence of sleep disturbance in children with ASD between 40% and 80%.
Sleeping difficulties are frequently chronic, resulting in additional learning and behavior problems and affecting the whole family’s well-being.
Weighted blankets are often recommended by professionals who work with young people with ASD to assist with calming and relaxation, as well as to assist with sleeping. The theory underlying the reasons for using weighted blankets and other weighted items for calming purposes is based on sensory integration. It is hypothesized that the deep pressure and more consistent sensory input provided by weighted items reduces the body’s physiologic level of arousal and stress, which might improve sleep.
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What People Are Saying
Here is 7-year-old Ava sleeping like a log. Once the blanket is on her she is knocked out. In her words, "This is the best blanket ever!" Thank you, Nicole, for your incredible generosity. Your labor of love is making a huge difference.
"I cannot thank you enough and words just arent enough. She hasn't been this calm in a long time. You truly are a blessing."