About this project
Sleeping issues are extremely common among all people but is even more common for those with special needs, like autism, ADHD, and Sensory Processing Disorder. Up to 80% of those with autism and sleeping issues, along with 50% of those with ADHD.
This doesn’t include general sleeping issues related to anxiety and sleeping disorders.
Fortunately, we’ve designed the perfect blanket for those with special needs to help solve this issue, and today, we are asking for your help to expand our line of weighted blankets.
Our weighted blankets are specifically designed to maximize comfort and relaxation for those with special needs. We are the only weighted blanket that takes into account multiple ways that are proven to increase calm and focused and packed it into one blanket
- Minky Fabric is extremely soft and cozy
- Dots added on one side for increased texture
Easy to Wash
- Duvet Style Cover is removable for quick washes
- Both the cover and inside weight are machine washable and dryable
- We use poly-pellets and cotton to improve blanket comfort. It feels like a real blanket.
- The weight is perfectly distributed in pockets so it doesn’t shift
- The weight is tied to the cover with multiple ties and loops to make sure it stays connected
The underlying science behind weighted blankets is called Deep Touch Pressure (DTP).
Deep Touch Pressure is a gentle pressure applied evenly over the body. You see the benefits of DTP with hugs, massages, and weighted blankets!
DTP has been shown to increase the release of serotonin and reduce the activity in the nervous system. This combination allows for greater relaxation and better focus in class.
Since we are an established company and have already been making weighted blankets for a year, once the Kickstarter is funded, production will start for the entire order.
With selling thousands of blankets over the last year, we’ve had the chance to get some great feedback about our blankets. And we love that how much of an impact they are having improving the sleep of those who purchase them!
Here's a quick video of Cara with our blanket:
Through this Kickstarter and your help, we are expanding our line of weighted blankets to add heavier weights and a new color (or two if we hit our stretch goal!).
We have been selling the 5-pound and 7-pound blue and green blanket over the last year. It’s time for us to start helping older children and adults with special needs.
For our heavier blankets, we've created a new loop and tie system that keeps the interior weight from shifting inside the exterior cover. We've also changed our ratio of cotton to poly pellets to give the blankets a "real" blanket feel.
We are also adding a new color to help people get the blanket that will best suit them. We are adding a nice lavender and purple blanket, and if we hit our stretch goal, we are adding a slate grey and light grey weighted blanket.
If you are wondering how to choose the right blanket for you or a loved one, here are tables to help. All the sizes and weights are available in all available colors:
We are using the Kickstarter platform to expand our line of blankets because we feel it is the fastest way to get our larger sized blankets in the hands of those who need them.
Each initial order is expensive, so adding not only new sizes but new colors is a lot of upfront costs when combined all at once.
With using Kickstarter to help us pre-order, we not only can afford to launch our new blankets and colors all at once, but we know exactly how many people want each size and each color. Instead of guessing and ending up with too many of one size or color, we can put in the most accurate order to make sure everyone gets the blanket they want.
Harkla is a leading special needs product company based out of Seattle, WA. With a focus on high-quality products, Harkla’s goal is to help families raise happy and healthy children with special needs. Because of our commitment to the special needs community, Harkla donates 1% of every sale to the University of Washington Autism Center. Due to Kickstarter guidelines, none of the sales from this Kickstarter will be donated to any charity. All proceeds will go into creating the new colors and sizes of our blankets.
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All blankets will be shipped for FREE in the United States. Unfortunately, we will not be shipping internationally.
Every Harkla weighted blanket comes with a lifetime warranty. If you aren't 100% happy with your weighted blanket, we'll refund you your full purchase price and cover return shipping.
If you have any questions about our blankets, company, or Kickstarter campaign, please don't hesitate to ask in the Kickstarter's comments section or email us at email@example.com.
Risks and challenges
Since Harkla has been making 5-pound and 7-pound blankets over the last year, there is very little risk involved with completing the project.
We are an established company with an established manufacturer ready to go. We've received and tested samples of every size blanket and each new color we are adding.
Once the Kickstarter is over, an order will be immediately put in and every blanket will be shipped as soon as possible once they are completed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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