Special needs class with four autistic children.
A sense-stimulating aid: Protac Ball Blanket®.
Observed effect: The children use the ball blanket when someone reads a story to them. When they 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 and hide under.
6-year old, deaf-blind boy.
He has a hard time relaxing when he goes to bed at night. His body is perpetually bombarded with sensory impressions that are difficult to control.
A sense-stimulating aid: Protac Ball Blanket®:
Observed effect: The boy tries sleeping with the blanket. It is wrapped snugly around his body and has a very soothing effect on him. He still wakes up occasionally at night, but the ball blanket causes him to fall asleep again and sleep for the rest of the night so that he is well-rested the next day.
9-month old baby boy.
He 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 faint sounds. The boy lays there restlessly, pounding his legs against the bed and beating his arms about.
A sense-stimulating aid: Protac Ball Blanket®
Observed effect: After just a few nights, 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 wanting to sit and cuddle with his parents briefly. He is starting to like getting into the bathtub and experimenting with toys for longer periods at a time.