The ball blanket is used on children and adults with spasticity, suffering from the effects of brain trauma or apoplexy. Many people with congenital or acquired brain damage have been able to change their perception of their own bodies, spatial and directional disorientation or sensory disturbances. It can create uneasiness and feelings of insecurity. The ball blanket can help the user to better notice themselves, it promotes calmness, creates a sense of security and gives the user a feel for the physical limits of the body.
The ball blanket is used for treatment in the acute phase of conditions in many neurological and medical unites, as well as at treatment and aftercare centres for children and adults with spasticity, trauma patients and those afflicted with apoplexy. There have been positive experiences with using the ball blankets on patients who used to be calmed with large amounts of medication.
13-year old girl with spasticity. She has always woken up several times in the evening and at night because she has spasms and needs to be turned over.
A sense-stimulating aid: Protac Ball Blanket
Observed effect: From a mother: "When I picked up the ball blanket, I thought at first that I would never be able to lay it on top of my fragile little daughter. But...… it turned out to be lovely and great and relaxing and just so much more. She uses the ball blanket when sitting and relaxing in her bean bag—in fact, often her, her younger sister and I all sit under the blanket together and relax.
At first, I would take the blanket from her when she woke up around midnight, but afterwards, she slept with it for most of the night and sometimes all night long. I'm seeing for the first time since I've had her that she sleeps from the time she lays down in bed until around midnight or 1:30 a.m. There are some exceptions, of course, such as when she is sick or something else happens, but twice in the last week she has slept all through the night. It was strange for the alarm clock to go off and her not be awake at all. Fantastic—there's only one reason for this, and it's the ball blanket"!
Brain-damaged woman suffering from involuntary movement.
A sense-stimulating aid: Protac Ball Blanket.
Observed effect: The blanket helps the woman feel the limits of her body and feel calm all throughout. It makes her feel calm so that she can sleep. Before she had the ball blanket, she would only sleep for one hour at a time.