Hi! My name is Susan Hoffman. I am an Occupational Therapy Assistant with 20 years of experience and a Professional Seamstress with 50 years experience.
Through working in the OT field I have become aware of the need for kid friendly and economical weighted products for the autistic and special needs population fifteen years ago I began sewing different items to meet this need.
I collaborated with a local OTR/L who had many years of experience in the field of Sensory Integration at the local United Cerebral Palsy Center. She trialed my early products on the kids in her practice and helped me to refine my designs.
I have been fortunate with my endeavors and have been blessed by having most of the State of Maine agencies purchasing my products because of their quality and reasonable prices. I would now like to offer these products over the net in an attempt to help more families, teachers, and caregivers who have family members and clients who have sensory needs.
I guarantee the quality of materials and workmanship of my products. They are machine washable and machine dryable and have been used by clients, washed repeatedly for several years and proven to be durable. My blankets are constructed of Malden Mills Polarfleece, which is the best fleece in the world. Comforters are constructed of cotton prints and backed with solid color cloth or fleece as desired. Items are constructed on a "made to order" basis so you can choose color and prints of your choice. I also offer weighted sheets for individuals with temperature modulation problems or hot climates or for summer use.
My newest blanket is a removable weight blanket in small or twin , which gives the option to add more weight as the child grows and needs more weight. The weights also are designed to be removed for easier washing .
Any blanket more than 7 pounds is made from the removable design. These can also have fleece on the back for the fuzzy lover.
My vests come in preschool Velcro sided variety available in novelty prints of lizards, sport balls, Builder Bob or trains, added by request Princess and Butterflies for girls. Zipper front camo, denim or kaki vests are available for school age boys or zipper front butterfly pattern vests are available for girls. School teachers have advised me that school age kids still require the weight for sensory input but refuse to use the commercial vests because the look funny and make them feel self conscious, but they enjoy wearing my vests and benefit greatly from them.
In the Bangor area my products can be borrowed and trialed from PENQUIS AUTISM PROJECT. Check for phone and address listings in the phone book.
Weighted items do not work for all individuals but if your OT thinks they would help your loved one give me a call.
Sue Hoffman COTA/L
132 Station Rd. Etna, Me. 04434