Girl Scout Makes Weighted Blankets for Kids with Autism


Weighted Blanket
Weighted Blanket by Janie Rivera
The Autism Society of Central Texas was delighted to help Girl Scout Janie Rivera with her Gold Award Project. Janie made 13 weighted blankets and developed a tutorial for people who’d like to make their own. The Autism Society had the privilege of connecting Janie with 13 children who needed blankets and also some generous donors who contributed toward the cost of the project.

Janie graduated from Bowie High School in May of 2014 and is currently enrolled at Austin Community College.  She has a cousin with autism.

Weighted blankets are often used as part of occupational therapy for children experiencing sensory disorders, anxiety, stress or issues related to autism.  These blankets can cost over $100, so these families really appreciated Janie’s hard work.

What a fun and rewarding collaboration!