Lukas. A boy born with immunodeficiency.
He was gravely ill when he was only three weeks old. Since then he has battled severe infections and has had his eyes and ears operated on as a result of his immunodeficiency.
Because of the numerous infections and many days being sick, he has a hard time staying calm—not just being active during the day, but also when sleeping during the day and at night.
He cannot entertain himself on play rugs and in playpens, but has an unusually strong need to be at his mother's side. He is extremely dependent on having a sense of security and cannot sleep alone at night. He sleeps for one to two hours at a time at night; just one hour in total during the day. His lack of sleep is evidenced in his lack of energy and little desire to play and join in with toy, on the play rug etc.
A sense-stimulating aid: Protac Ball Blanket
Observed effect: "The first night he slept with the blanket, we saw a MAJOR difference. He suddenly slept from 8:00 in the evening until 4:00 in the morning, just took a dummy and then slept again until 6:30 a.m. I was shocked and couldn't believe it. He started sleeping during the day for two hours in the morning and again for an hour and a half in the afternoon. And his sleep cycle continued this way. Buying this blanket was the BEST thing that's happened to me, aside from my husband and two children. Lukas is now clear of his immunodeficiency and many doctors say that the Protac Ball Blanket has done the job to get him back on track.
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The ball blanket is used in a class of four autistic children when reading stories. The children sit under the ball blanket, they settle down and get focused. During breaks, the ball blanket is used to play with, walk on, climb on, roll over or hide under.
Physical unrest -tactile defensiveness - reduced social competences
A 9-month old boy has always been very unhappy, physically restless and angry. He is only interested in toys for a short time and needs a great deal of support. He is unable to sit and calm down in his parents arms. He panics when he has to take a bath, for example. It takes a long time to get him to calm down in the evening, he is a very light sleeper and is disturbed by even very faint sounds. He lays there restlessly, pounding his legs against the bed and beating his arms about. After just a few nights sleeping with the ball blanket, it is easier for him to fall asleep in the evening. Some nights he sleeps without waking up, and night when he does wake up, we can quickly get him back to sleep again. He's gotten happier and less frustrated during the day and he started briefly wanting to sit and cuddle with his parents. He is starting to like getting into the bathtub and experimenting with toys for longer periods at a time.
The ball blanket is used on children with many different problems such as sensory-motor problems, tactile defensiveness, ADHD problems, deafblindness, sleeping problems, spasticity and autism. These types of children often have a hard time noticing their bodies which gives them a disturbed body image.
Read the examples on this page too neurological disorders and other target groups.
Child residential treatment centre
Since 2001 we've had great success using ball blankets as part of our treatment for our children. The children are currently between 5 and 11 years old and have different diagnoses: ADHD, autism, anxiety, attachment disorders and extensive developmental disorders. Characteristic of these children is that they are physically restless and hyperactive.
We can clearly see the difference when a child starts sleeping with a ball blanket as opposed to a regular blanket. The child calms down more easily when put to bed and sleeps more peacefully, which also results in the child being more well-rested the next day.
In August 2008 we had a consultant from Protac come demonstrate their products for our staff. We were presented with the Protac SenSit chair, among other products. Since then, we've purchased two Protac SenSit chairs. We placed one of them in the kindergarten class where the four students take turns using the chair. The children will sit with headphones on and take a break. In addition to this, one of our children who is very physically restless got a Protac SenSit chair for their room. The child really enjoys sitting in their ”ball chair”.
Protac products are an investment for us, but they are well worth the money. It is a one-time cost, and luckily the products last for many years.
Our goal is for every child to have a Protac SenSit chair in their room.
- Head of residential treatment centre