A Gift of Calm Comfort
Autism can present a number of communication challenges for children. Some of the more severe cases can interfere with everyday life.
Henry, a student at Potential Development Preschool in Youngstown, cannot communicate in any way. This can make it difficult for his teachers to calm him during class. However, a grant from The Hope Foundation helped provide the means for a new soothing strategy.
The grant funded the purchase of 38 weighted blankets in various sizes and colors, which were delivered to all four Potential Development schools. The blankets benefit students who have sensory processing problems, because the added weight helps calm and relax them.
The blanket helped the teachers to calm Henry so he could concentrate better during school.
Quilts from the Heart designed and crafted the blankets.