Who benefits from using the Sensory Belt™?
Anyone facing the challenges posed by Autism, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Angelman syndome, Apraxia, Aspergers syndrome (AS), Ataxia, Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, Dyslexia, Fetal Alcohol syndrome (FAS), Hypotonia, Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD-NOS), Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS), Rett syndrome, Sensory Integration Disorder (SID), and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) will benefit.
How does the Sensory Belt™ work?
The Sensory Belt™ stimulates the proprioceptive system through nerve receptors that are positioned in the muscles, joints and ligaments around joints. These receptors sense tension and pass this information to the brain where it is processed. The brain responds by signaling the muscles to contract or relax creating improved body awareness through a stronger neuro-muscular connection with the brain.
What is Proprioception?
Proprioception is the sense of position and movement of the limbs and the sense of muscular tension. The awareness of the orientation of the body in space and the direction, extent, and rate of movement of the limbs depend in part upon information derived from sensory receptors in the joints, tendons, and muscles. Information from these receptors, called proprioceptors, is normally integrated with that arising from vestibular receptors (which signal gravitational acceleration and changes in velocity of movements of the head), as well as from visual, auditory, and tactile receptors. Sensory information from certain proprioceptors, particularly those in muscles and tendons, need not reach consciousness, but can be used by the motor system as feedback to guide postural adjustments and control of well-practiced or semiautomatic movements such as those involved in walking.
What is Sensory Integration?
Sensory Integration (SI) is an innate neurobiological process which refers to the integration of sensory stimulation, within our environment, by the brain. Our brain allows us, without conscious thought, to take in information from our senses, organize it and make a plan to produce a meaningful response so we may interact within our environment. The senses which are the most obvious are those of taste, touch, sight, hearing, and smell. The hidden senses are those of movement (vestibular or inner ear) and of body position in space (proprioception). These hidden senses are the regulators of our nervous system and help build the foundation for purposeful movement.
How long will it take to see Results?
Most will experience immediate and dramatic results while others may experience a gradual increase in awareness over time. If your child is hesitant to wearing the belt we recommend leaving the belt in your child's room for a day or so for them to feel a sense of ownership to the belt.
How do you recommend we introduce the Sensory Belt™ to our child?
The Sensory Belt™ is a highly effective sensory aid! Be confident when you're putting on the belt! Some children need a sense of ownership before they become comfortable with wearing the belt. We recommend you leave the belt in your child's room for a few days so they become familiar with the belt. Some parents call the belt a "Magic Belt" while others have found success calling the belt a "Batman Belt".
Note: Gradually work in the belt to your childs routine and make sure not to use the belt only when your child is acting up or having a meltdown. It's important the belt is not seen as a punishment! If your child is not feeling well this may cause them to be resistant to wearing the belt.
How long should my child wear the belt?
The Sensory Belt™ may be worn from 15 to 30 minutes to all day with breaks for meals, outside play, etc. Your may prefer to wear the belt over your lap while eating. Watch your child's behavior, they will let you know when they've had enough. The amount of time your child wears the belt may vary from day to day.
Note: Some children may prefer to wear the belt under their clothing.
What materials are used in the Sensory Belt™?
Using the latest in foam technology we have created the most comfortable, safe, and durable line of weighted therapy products for infants and children. The Sensory Belt™ is made of EVA foam for flexibility and stability along with neoprene weight pouches filled with tiny stainless steel balls.
Has the Sensory Belt™ been researched?
Yes, the Sensory Belt has been researched and proven effective in the clinical setting. A study and parent survey have been completed on the belts so far and show a similar statistical analysis.
The first study was completed in 2012 by Dr. Terry Hayes of Cranberry Counseling and proved 80% effective for those diagnosed with ADHD. To view this study...click here.
In 2016 a parent survey was funded by the Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation which proved the belts 82.6% effective for those diagnosed with autism, autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and/or sensory processing disorder (SPD). Those with an autism only diagnosis noticed a 94% effective rating.
Has the Sensory Belt™ been tested?
Our initial testing was done by occupational and physical therapists at Community Haven for Adults and Children (CHAC) in Sarasota, Florida. The findings of CHAC are consistent with feedback from practical application from occupational therapists, physical therapists, teachers, and parents from all across the country. The weight provided in the belt has been extensively tested by therapists and is the most effective weighted therapy for your child's waist size and weight.
Has the Sensory Belt™ passed all safety requirements?
Absolutely! The latest advancements in foam manufacturing are incorporated into the design of the Sensory Belt™, along with quality workmanship, ensuring the Miracle Belt™ is one of the safest weighted therapy itmes for infants and children. The Sensory Belt™ passed all child safety requirements under the new Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008. To see our safety certificate ...click here!
Why is the Sensory Belt™ more effective than a weighted vest?
Definitely! There are a number of reasons why a weighted belt is more effective than a weighted vest. During development of the Sensory Belt™ many therapists shared the problems they encountered while using the weighted vest. One occupational therapist told us about how one of her ADHD clients began throwing the weight from the vest because he didn't like the way the weighted vest felt. Due to these types of experiences with the weighted vest our consulting therapists recommended we design the weighted belt with stationary weight. Because the weighted belt is centered around the waist less weight is needed to provide effective proprioceptive feedback for sensory regulation. So the old mentality of 10% of body weight has been thrown out the window. Not only does less weight work more effectively around the waist but it also elliminates excess body heat and discomfort caused by the weighted vest. The belt is also adjustable which provides extended wear as your child grows. Many therapists have noticed how the weighted vest effects posture, especially with children who are low tone. The weighted belt provides children with a solid base of support creating a stronger core which is the foundation of all movement. The therapeutic weighted belt is clearly the most effective weighted therapy for infants and children with sensory needs.
What is the difference between the Miracle Belt™ and Sensory Belt™?
The only difference between the Miracle Belt™ and Sensory Belt™ is the size. The Miracle Belt™ is specifically designed for infants and children weighing less than 75 pounds. The Sensory Belt™ is specifically designed for children, teens, and adults weighing more than 75 pounds. Both the Miracle Belt™ and Sensory Belt™ are designed with a side release buckle which makes them easy to adjust.
Does the Sensory Belt™ come in different colors?
Every belt comes standard in black but we do offer blue and pink belt covers.
Do you need a prescription to use the Sensory Belt™?
The answer is NO. If anyone tells you a perscription is needed you may print the attached letter to share with the person making the request. Letter written by Cheryl Albright, OTR/L . To print letter ...click here!
Do you provide a Money Back Guarantee?
Most certainly! Every purchase includes a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee. If you are not completely satisfied with your order then simply return it within 30 days for a full refund of the purchase price. For more information about our return policy please visit our refund/exchange policy page.
Is there a reimbursement plan for the Sensory Belt™?
Yes, Step up for Students offers a reimbursement plan for Florida residents who meet their eligibility requirements for the Gardiner Scholarship (PLSA). If you meet the criteria/eligibility for reimbursement on the Step Up For Students website then follow the steps below to get started.
Step 1: Login or "Apply Now" to create an account with www.stepupforstudents.org.
Step 2: Complete the pre-authorization form on the website. Once approved you will be notified to place your purchase.
Step 3: Purchase the belt for your child/client.
Step 4: On the website convert the pre-authorization request to a reimbursement request. Upload all required purchase documentation to the website. Request is reviewed by the processing team and within a week a reimbursement check should be authorized.
Should I buy a Sensory Belt™?
Absolutely! You have many reasons to give the Sensory Belt™ a try! Once you use the Sensory Belt™, the results will be so dramatic you may want to have one for home use and another for school.
Where can I buy the Sensory Belt™?
You can Buy Online here on our website. We accept all major credit cards, money orders, PayPal and purchase orders from hostipals and schools.
How long does it take to receive my order?
Most orders are shipped out the day you purchase and arrive in 3 to 5 business days. International orders take between 7 to 10 business days to arrive after purchasing.
Do you accept Medical Insurance or Medicaid?
We recommend you contact your insurance company to find out the procedure to apply for reimbursement from a non-provider.
Are you planning on flying with the Sensory Belt™?
If you are planning air travel with the belt please read TSA's recommendation below:
If the belt is being worn for therapeutic reasons, a Transportation Security Officer should be advised as soon as possible so that alternative screening measures can be taken to accommodate the passenger. Passengers can also request the assistance of a Passenger Support Specialist as described at: www.tsa.gov/travel/passenger-support to assist with questions or concerns about the screening process.
Do you offer a Refurb Program?
Yes. Our refurb program is set up for previous customers who wish to exchange their belt for the next size up. All refurbished belts are used but in good condition. Please send the invoice from your previous order, your belt, and a $28.95 money order to Miracle Belt & Sensory Belt, Attn: Refurb Program, 8374 Market Street #478, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202. Please allow 7 to 10 days for delivery after you ship.
How do I become a Distributor?
Please send us an email with your company information including website address and someone will get back with you as soon as possible.