Ashton Smith has an over-active sensory system, hypersensivity to stimuli, ADHD, hypermobility low muscle tone, severe sleep problems and epilepsy which means he struggles with activities and rarely sleeps through the night. The Pidley Mountain Rescue Team (PMRT) has given Ashton a Southpaw Bear Hug, which helps to calm him during the day, and a weighted blanket to help Ashton sleep. The charity also gave him a dark den which provides a calming environment for the pre-schooler to relax. Kirstie Smith, Ashtons mother, said: The weighted blanket has particularly gone down a treat and helps him calm down at bedtime as it gives him sensory feedback. The weighted jacket is used mainly at school, and the sensory tent is awesome for when Ashton isnt coping giving him somewhere to go that makes him feel safe. We cant thank the Pidley Mountain Rescue Team enough for funding these three items for Ashton. John Blundell, the charitys applications officer, said: We have funded a few of these hugging jackets and weighted blankets for children with autism and related conditions and get some great feedback from families on how such simple concepts make a huge difference to the childs behaviour and to family life. Apparently the deep pressure and controlled weight distribution in the jacket and blanket produce a calmer, more relaxed state of mind.