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Son covering his head with blanket (autism) S@r@h Mississippi 515 posts
28th Jun '12

My son is 2 1/2 and he has autism and sensory processing disorder. He has a fleece blanket he is very attached too and loves the texture and he has recently started asking for it at bed but he has started pulling it over his face and head and tucks it behins his head when he is sleepy and everytime i move it he has a meltdown. I have tried moving a little part to get him some air and have tried moving it after he is asleep and he wakes up screaming and pulls it back. Im worries he will suffocate. Anybody know whats causing this or any ideas of how to handle it?

*Mrs Cherry* 21 kids; Colorado Springs, Colorado 10450 posts
28th Jun '12

Honestly, he will be fine, fabric has tiny holes in it to provide ventilation. It sounds like it is helping him cope and block out any sensory experiences that are keeping him awake.

Mrs Mia Wallace 33 kids; Georgia 2858 posts
28th Jun '12
Quoting TurtleDove9309:" My son is 2 1/2 and he has autism and sensory processing disorder. He has a fleece blanket he is very ... [snip!] ... up screaming and pulls it back. Im worries he will suffocate. Anybody know whats causing this or any ideas of how to handle it?"


I can totally understand. My son does this and so do I. He'll be fine, I'm sure....
He probably doesn't like the air touching his skin at night or likes the blanket touching his skin.
SPD constantly evolves for many and your son might be like that. One month he might like a blanket over him, then the next month not. Has he had a SPD trigger lately?

S@r@h Mississippi 515 posts
28th Jun '12

He has been staying home a little more instead of school because i am not working as much. That could be related he has issuea with change but other than that i cant think of anything. I know its the little things with him though

FroggysMommy 1 child; Golden, Colorado 26783 posts
28th Jun '12
Quoting TurtleDove9309:" My son is 2 1/2 and he has autism and sensory processing disorder. He has a fleece blanket he is very ... [snip!] ... up screaming and pulls it back. Im worries he will suffocate. Anybody know whats causing this or any ideas of how to handle it?"


He'll be fine... I can tell you from personal experience! Literally from the moment I could move my own blankets I would move them over my head and tuck them behind myself. My parents always thought I would suffocate and even talked to my doctor about it. They said we have an instinct to move and be safe as long as we have the ability to move the blankets ourselves. So as a baby we can't move a blanket but older kids can.



I STILL sleep with a blanket over my head, even in the sweltering heat I have to put a blanket over my head or I can't sleep.



So your kiddo will be fine... I did it, my parents talked to my doctor about it, and look at me, still alive and kickin ;) I even use a huge comforter and I even go so far to do something my parents call "burrito-ing" myself, where I tuck my blankets underneath me and then up over my head. It makes it look like a giant burrito in the bed. So in the Summer I will wake up dripping in sweat, hair is all sweaty, and yet... I still cover myself with my blanket!

Mrs Mia Wallace 33 kids; Georgia 2858 posts
28th Jun '12
Quoting TurtleDove9309:" He has been staying home a little more instead of school because i am not working as much. That could ... [snip!] ... be related he has issuea with change but other than that i cant think of anything. I know its the little things with him though"


That might be it, then....I know since my son stopped going to daycare for the summer I made him a few toys, one being a SPD box. He loves it and it prevents a meltdown.



He'll be fine, hun. I do it with pillows instead of blankets. lol

S@r@h Mississippi 515 posts
28th Jun '12

Okay. Thanks everyone!