Morgan’s Dreams

Morgan's Dreams

Morgan's Dreams specializes in handmade weighted blankets and lap pads. Each item is constructed with love by the owner, Andrea Frazier of Charlestown, IN.  When sharing information about Morgan’s Dreams with us, Andrea explained that three years ago, she was “just a mom desperately needing a natural tool to help her daughter Morgan sleep better”.  Morgan, the company's namesake, was born with Cerebral Palsy and her sleep patterns were very unpredictable.  After doing research and consulting with several occupational therapists for a natural way to improve Morgan's sleeping pattern,  Andrea realized a weighted blanket might be the right option and decided to make one for Morgan.  According to Andrea's website, "The very first night of using the weighted blanket something amazing happened...she slept all night!!" Soon word of Morgan's story traveled the area and Andrea was making blankets for friends and family members. As the demand for Andrea's reasonably priced, high quality weighted blanket increased, Morgan's Dreams was born!

Here is some basic information about Morgan’s Dreams weighted blankets:

  • Top Fabric: 100% cotton fabric of your choice
  • Bottom Fabric: soft minky bottom fabric of your choice  
  • Care: can be washed and dried
  • Filling: non-toxic, smooth plastic pellet called Poly Pellets
Boy sitting with weighted blanket over shoulders.

Special thanks to Aleem for modeling our weighted blanket during an OT session!

Morgan's Dreams weighted blankets are available in  3 main sizes: small, medium and large.  Small weighted blankets are $85.00 and measure 28x40 inches.  Medium weighted blankets are $122.00 and measure 32x52 inches.  Large weighted blankets are $160.00 and measure 38x70 inches.  Custom sizes are available upon request.  

In addition to weighted blankets, Andrea makes weighted lap pads. Lap pads are $30.00 and measure 18x21 inches.  Lap pads are commonly used at school, during homework time or while in the car.  

The weight placed in all weighted blankets is customized to the user.  The general rule followed is 10% of the user’s body weight plus 1 pound.  It is not recommended to use a weighted blanket heavier than these proportions.  Andrea stands by this  guideline to ensure customers have a quality and safe blanket.  

How Can a Weighted Blanket Help?  

A weighted blanket can help you sleep through the night, ease anxiety and stress, and improve focus.  Weighted blankets provide deep pressure therefore promoting the production of serotonin and endorphins, which are the chemicals our body naturally use to feel relaxed and calm.  Weighted blankets provide proprioceptive input to the body therefore making us feel grounded and secure.  Weighted blankets have been known to help the following conditions: ADD/ADHD, anxiety, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, insomnia, restless legs syndrome and Sensory Processing Disorder, just to name a few.  

TheraPLACE owns a small weighted blanket purchased from Morgan’s Dreams that is used during therapy. If you are interested in this product please ask your child's occupational therapist about trialing it. 

For more information about weighted blankets, visit Andrea’s website at www.morgansdreams.com. You can follow her on Facebook at Morgan’s Dreams.

Andrea can be emailed at morgansdreams1@yahoo.com for any further questions or to place an order. Orders may be placed on her website, by Facebook message, or by email. Make sure to mention you saw this article on our website:)

Understanding Your Child’s Sensory System

Understanding Your Child's Sensory System

We all experience the world through sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. We also use two more senses that aren’t talked about as often: proprioception (awareness of your body in space) and the vestibular sense (the inner ear processes information about movement, gravity, and balance). Each sense is not experienced equally. For example, if your child seeks sensory input in one category that does not necessarily mean they will seek input in other categories the same way. Some people react when just a little stimulus is given and others need a lot of stimuli to react.

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Spring Sensory Slime

Spring Sensory Slime

This unseasonably warm weather has us wanting to jump ahead to the next season! Get ready for spring with our DIY spring sensory slime recipe. Not only is it fun, making sensory slime with your child creates opportunities to practice reading, following directions, simple math skills, measuring and pouring, and impulse control. This activity is perfect for working toward decreasing tactile sensory aversions through a novel texture.

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Child’s Sensory System

Understanding Your Child's Sensory System

We all experience the world through sight, sound, smell, taste, and  touch. We also use two more senses that aren’t talked about as often: proprioception (awareness of your body in space) and the vestibular sense (the inner ear processes information about movement, gravity, and balance).  Each sense is not experienced equally.  For example, if your child seeks sensory input in one category that does not necessarily mean they will seek input in other categories the same way.  Some people react when just a little stimulus is given and others need a lot of stimuli to react.

Sensory System Chart

Dr. Winnie Dunn is an occupational therapist who has researched how children react to sensory stimulation. Dr. Dunn has discovered that children have different thresholds to sensory stimulation. The word threshold refers to the point at which a child will respond to sensory information (Dunn, 1999).  Dr. Dunn says that children with difficulty processing sensory information from the environment might have one of the four types of responses described in the chart above.

Once you have identified how your child perceives sensory input you can adjust sensory experiences to help your child learn to self regulate. This support may take many forms including decreased lighting, soothing music, fast swinging, necklaces for chewing, wheelbarrow walking, or making homemade slime.  If you have any specific questions you can contact one of TheraPLACE’s credentialed Occupational Therapists. Occupational therapists are trained in understanding the sensory system and partnering with parents to come up with a “sensory diet” individual to each child.

*Source of chart above: http://www.tinkthings.com/#products

Valentine’s Day Craft

Valentine's Day Craft

Warm your hearts and hands by making a sweet Valentine’s Day banner this month.  This activity allows your child to practice fine motor precision and hand/eye coordination while building hand strength. 

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Valentine’s Craft 2017

Valentine's Day Craft

Warm your hearts and hands by making a sweet Valentine’s Day banner this month.  This activity allows your child to practice fine motor precision and hand/eye coordination while building hand strength. 

Boy holding Valentine's heart banner.Materials Needed:

  • Yarn in Valentine's Colors
  • Scissors
  • Colored Paper in Valentine's Colors
  • Pen, Pencil, Crayon, or Marker
  • Handheld Hole Punch
  • Clear Tape

Provides Opportunity to Practice:

  • Fine Motor Precision
  • Hand/Eye Coordination
  • Hand Strength

Directions:

  1. Trace or draw hearts on colored paper.
  2. Cut out hearts with scissors.
  3. Make a small “x” near the top of each heart.
  4. Use the hole punch to make a hole right over the “x”.
  5. Thread the yarn through the hearts.
  6. Ta da! Hang up over a doorway, window, or on the wall.

Up for a challenge? Try this:

  • Use the hole punch to make letters in each of the hearts (i.e. L-0-V-E).
  • Cut out hearts with a scalloped edge.
  • Cut out smaller hearts.

Your child’s therapist “grades” or increases/decreases the difficulty of tasks to make the just right challenge for each kid. Try this at home ☺
***Thank you to Jordan for modeling this month’s activity with a big smile! ***

Team TheraPLACE is looking for team members for the 2017 Louisville Polar Plunge!

Cartoon Polar Bear Diving into Water (January 11, 2017) – TheraPLACE Learning Center is pleased to announce its participation in the 2017 Polar Plunge supporting Special Olypmics Kentucky (SOKY). This is the first year for our participation and Team TheraPLACE is looking for team members. To join us in Taking the Plunge or to make a donation, please click on the following link, http://2017louisvilleplunge.kintera.org/teamtheraplace

The Polar Plunge is one of the biggest Special Olympics fundraisers of the year. The Special Olympics is the world’s largest program of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Participation is open to individuals eight years of age or older. If you would like to know more about Special Olympics Kentucky, please click on this link, http://soky.org/

DIY Indoor Obstacle 2017

Tame Cabin Fever With An Indoor Obstacle Course

Brisk wind and snow flurries have us all running for the comfort of the great indoors. Get moving this winter with a fun indoor obstacle course. You and your children can work together to transform common household items into fun, challenging, and versatile activities for any indoor space. Indoor obstacle courses help with gross and fine motor skills, sequencing, memory, and sensory input, strength, and balance.

Decide on a few simple stations, then add or change stations as children master them. Create stations using household items you currently have such as wash cloths, plastic cups, towels, laundry basket, and blankets. You can create your own stations or do a combination of our ideas with your stations. Below are a few fun ideas for creating your own obstacle course.

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