Weighted things like weighted blankets, weighted lap pads and weighted vests can be very calming for people with autism and other special abilities. The weight provides calming proprioceptive input and many occupational therapists recommend appropriate weight for individuals with autism and sensory issues who can be overstimulated or anxious. Weight can also help some kids with autism or ADHD focus and pay attention in the classroom or during mealtime. Adults also enjoy the use of weighted blankets when they are anxious, having trouble sleeping, nerve damage, traumatic brain injury and many other reasons. The weight of the blanket is able to calm those nerves, provide proprioceptive input and just relax those hypersensitivity.