I have made a weighted lap pad to use pretty much everywhere I go (including use at home). I struggle with anxiety and weighted things help me feel calmer. 🙂 As an Autistic person, I am not ashamed to use a weighted lap pad in public. If something helps an Autistic person it should be accepted, even if it is different.
I first used my weighted lap pad today, It felt really nice. Pressure, it’s so relaxing. 🙂 I used it during my class and by the time we were supposed to go to another activity I was a bit tired (more like super relaxed) from the weighted lap pad. But, I guess that’s better than being anxious.
Sewing my weighted lap pad was challenging, but I think it’s worth it. I know it’s not geometrically perfect (the squares are not even). I do love the Minky fleece on the bottom (the Minky is grey with the little bumpy dots). So, what do I do when somebody judges me for using a weighted lap pad? I politely tell them that this helps me, and then walk away if they continue judging.
I’m also going to be putting together an Autism survival kit (I already have a kit, but I don’t take it with me everywhere). I’m hoping making an Autism survival kit will help me cope with things better. If you ever experience anxiety or if you are Autistic then I recommend trying a weighted lap pad. You can make one yourself, or buy one. Having a weighted lap pad doesn’t make an Autistic person “weird” it’s just another tool for coping for Autistic people. 🙂