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 and low-cost weighted blankets to children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and related disorders, Pediatric Cancer, and our U.S. Veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), both in our local community, and throughout the United States.
Post Traumatic Stress
Autism Speaks Greater Rochester Walk
September 15, 2019
Thank you to all of our generous donors. Together, we raised $1201.00 for Autism Speaks!
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.