A Stitch Different

A Stitch Different Community Interest Company is a not for profit organisation

creating weighted, compression & sensory products.

  

 

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Our Approach.

Taking time to listen to individual needs and only using quality materials, we manufacture weighted therapy & sensory items tailored to your requirements whilst meeting stringent safety & quality guidelines.

All at affordable prices.

Our Story.

We are a group of, Cumbria based, parent carers of young people with Autism, ADHD, Sensory and other disabilities. We have experienced first hand how important it is to have access to adaptable sensory equipment as everyone’s needs are so unique. After discovering there was a significant lack of available aids we decided to do something about it.

By formulating this social enterprise we have been able to provide affordable products to those who need them, whilst also creating meaningful activities and flexible employment along the way.

We are lucky enough to meet and work with some amazing young people, share our skills in a safe space and most importantly have fun. We have a wealth of knowledge around sleep and sensory issues. By working alongside leading occupational therapists, learning disability teams and sensory integration specialists, we have designed a range of effective products that will have a positive impact on the user and their family. 

 

What is weighted therapy?

The proprioceptive sense gives us information about our body’s position and movement via receptors on the skin, in the muscles, joints and ligaments.

Those with a poor proprioceptive sense have difficulty interpreting these sensations and the resulting lack of sensory feedback can make it hard for them to relax and switch off and can cause a poor sleep quality. This often results in behaviours that give the sensory feedback in other ways. This can take the form of jumping on a trampoline, chewing, spinning, flapping, running, often with seemingly limitless reserves of energy!

These “sensory seeking” behaviours can be calmed and controlled by the use of weighted therapy.

Weighted therapy is the use of weighted products to apply weight and deep touch pressure (surface pressure) to the body stimulating the proprioceptive sense enabling those who are “sensory seeking” to relax, focus and have a greater awareness of their body.

This deep pressure can be applied by the use of weighted blankets, weighted lap pads or weighted vests etc.

This can help improve sleep, aid focus and concentration, ease transitions and help prevent meltdowns.

Compression therapy achieves similar results without applying weight.

Weighted Therapy can benefit those who:

  • Have difficulty unwinding, relaxing and sleeping
  • Have a short attention span and are easily distracted
  • Show tactile sensitivity – i.e. a need to touch everything or are resistant to touch
  • Have a poor awareness of their body or body position
  • Display self-stimulatory behaviour such as rocking, flapping, twirling, toe walking or chewing

Please speak to your Occupational Therapist or Health Professionals for advice on suitability before purchasing a weighted therapy product.

THE SENSE THAT HELPS WITH BODY AWARENESS IS KNOWN AS PROPRIOCEPTION

Weighted /Compression therapy is becoming widely used & recommended in the UK by Paediatricians and Occupational Therapists who work with children, adolescents and adults with Autism, Asperger Syndrome, ADHD, Dyspraxia, Cerebral Palsy, Prader-Willi Syndrome, Retts Syndrome, Downs Syndrome and Sensory Processing Disorder.

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