The Use of Weighted Vests with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Disabilities

  • Jennifer StephensonEmail author
  • Mark Carter
Original Paper


Therapists who use sensory integration therapy may recommend that children wear weighted vests as an intervention strategy that they claim may assist in remediating problems such as inattentiveness, hyperactivity, stereotypic behaviors and clumsiness. Seven studies examining weighted vests are reviewed. While there is only a limited body of research and a number of methodological weaknesses, on balance, indications are that weighted vests are ineffective. There may be an arguable case for continued research on this intervention but weighted vests cannot be recommended for clinical application at this point. Suggestions are offered for future research with regard to addressing methodological problems.


Sensory integration Weighted vests Autism ADHD 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Macquarie University Special Education CentreMacquarie UniversitySydneyAustralia

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