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Use of weighted vests in pediatric occupational therapy practice

4 October, 2017

Olson LJ, Moulton HJ (2004)


The aim of this study was to investigate pediatric occupational therapists’ general experience and practice with weighted vests and their impressions about whether weighted vests are effective in changing specific behaviors of children with whom they have used weighted vests.

Respondents who use weighted vests were more likely to have advanced degrees or certifications and more years of experience as pediatric therapists. They reported using weighted vests with preschool and young elementary school-aged children with the diagnoses of autism or attention deficit disorder. Staying on task, staying in seat and attention span were the most common behaviors that therapists reported improving when weighted vests were used.