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  Before middle child was diagnosed with autism, one of the main challenges I had was getting her to sleep. I tried everything under the sun. After she was diagnosed I researched and finally found that weighted blankets were soothing for children on the spectrum. It has been one of the most valuable therapy tools my daughter has ever used. Not only does she use it at bedtime, but she uses it throughout the day as a soothing mechanism. The weight makes her feel secure. Her weighted blanket changed our lives.