It’s Not Just the Weight, It’s How We Use It


Renee is a caring mother of her 21 year-old son with major sensory issues. He has difficulty falling asleep, due to both his sensory issues and sleep apnea. Seeking relief for her son, she purchased a Cape and a Lap Pad. After experiencing the CapeAble products herself, Renee was ready to try the Lap Pad with her son.

“I laid it over his mid-section when I put him down for a nap and he passed out almost instantly!”

Jannalee knows the incredible struggle of having a child who “hates being touched.” Her daughter has sensory issues that make her ultra-sensitive to touch, be that of fabrics or physical contact. This means that Jannalee could not comfort her child with hugs, massages, or even small pats. Curious about the effects of deep touch therapy, Jannalee wanted to try a weighted blanket, but she knew it would be difficult to find one that fit her daughter’s tactile needs.

Jannalee came into the CapeAble store unsure of how her daughter would react to the weighted products or the soft, fuzzy fabrics. She thought she would have to coax her daughter into trying anything at all. But then, she discovered something amazing:

“She liked everything she tried right away. Couldn't believe it! She has only taken her cape off to sleep.”

With the help of CapeAble weighted wearables, her daughter continued to astound her:

“[She] told me while wearing the products she liked when people touched her. . . She said, ‘this has never happened before.’”

That night, Jannalee was able to rub her daughter’s back.

So what is it that calmed this son and daughter with sensory disorders? Could any weighted blanket do that?

At CapeAble, we believe that therapy isn’t just about the weight—it’s about how we use it. We know the research about deep pressure touch and weighted therapy (we talked all about it yesterday), but we also know how to improve upon the design. And we have.

Most weighted blankets are made by stuffing 4” inch pouches, leaving plenty of room for the pellets or grains to shift around. The thing about weight is, it only works if it’s touching you; otherwise, there isn’t any deep touch pressure going on. Instead of calming you, it’s weighing you to your seat.

We wanted to provide the criteria for deep touch therapy that Temple Grandin set, which is, “constant pressure, even when the user shifts position.” We achieve this by using 2” inch pouches, keeping the weight in place and making a true even distribution. With the weight sewn into small squares, it won’t shift. Toss it, turn it, and flip it— the weight stays right in place. Because the weight doesn’t shift around, despite gravity, you feel the pressure everywhere and have the most sensory input possible.

And for us, it’s not just about the blankets. Another feature Grandin highlights about her Squeeze Machine is that, “When the neck opening closes around the neck, it enhances the feeling of being surrounded and contained by the embrace of the deep touch pressure squeeze.” Our Neck Wraps and Fashion Scarves wrap around the neck to give a sense of comfort. Our Capes and Sashes hug the shoulders and chest.

After all, comfort like this shouldn’t just happen at home, and for those with SPD, triggering senses are more likely to occur when outside and in public. Our weighted wearables are here to help you at home or on the go. It’s the same technology as weighted blankets or squeeze machines made to be functional and fashionable.