The Ball Cushion provides a dynamic sitting posture and good balance training. It has been designed according to the theory of sensory integration. When sitting on the Ball Cushion, you will, due to the flexibility of the balls, move beyond the body's centre of gravity. Automatically the body will sense this and signal to shift the weight of the body to keep the balance. In that way, e.g. back and abdominal muscles are stimulated (the postural muscles), so that you receive impulses to sit upright, which improves the power of concentration.
Dynamic Sitting Posture improves Learning
Sitting on the Ball Cushion does many children good. This goes for children who are agitated, and children with concentration and learning disorders. Furthermore the Ball Cushion is recommended for school children in general because the movements on the cushion relieve the back.
The Ball Cushion is used for balance and sensibility training, both for children and adults. The Ball Cushion is useful for sensory motor training, e.g. in a hammock, or as extra stimulation by placing it under your feet.
The Ball Cuchion has been developed on the basis of A. Jean Ayres’ theories of sensory integration.
Different sensory systems are affected by using the Ball Cushion:
The proprioceptive sensory system
The pressure of the balls is all the time sending information to the body, about how the position of the body is. It is increasing the body consciousness.
The vestibulare sensory system
When the child is sitting on the Ball Cushion it will move over the center of gravity. The body will feel this movement, and the sensation will cause that the child will move the weight of her body, keeping balance.
The Ball Cushion is manufactured in 3 different sizes suitable for a school chair, a Trip Trap chair, and chairs used in kindergarten and pre-school.
The Ball Cushion is used for, e.g.:
The Ball Cushion is used in schools by children who find it difficult to sit still, e. g. due to concentration disorders, balance disorders, or sensitivity disorders. It can also be used at home, when the child eats, or plays at a table. Alternatively, the Ball Cushion can be used under the feet. This will stimulate the child's sensory-system from both body and feet, which will help to improve the child's bodily awareness. In sense-motoric training the Ball Cushion can be used in e. g. the hammock, or in activities with mobility trolley.
The Ball Cushion is also used for adults in connection with training of balalnce, sensitivity disorders and concentration disorders.
In order to be effective, the Ball Cushion should be correctly fastened, and the feet should be supported, by the floor, footstool or something else.
Time of Application
For ordinary use the Ball Cushion should be used daily. Since the child will be moving on the cushion constantly, it does not feel hard to sit on the balls.
If the Ball Cushion is used in connection with paralysis and sensitivity disorders, it is recommended not to sit on the cushion for too long, since it will apply too much pressure.
The Ball Cushion is made of polyester/cotton and filled with plastic balls. A non-skid material has been sown on to the back of the cushion to preven the cushion from sliding off the seat.
Furthermore, strings have been sown into the corners of the cushion for attachment to the legs of the chair; the strings of the Tripp Trapp Cushion, however, are tied underneath the seat.
Washing and Maintenance
The Ball Cushion can be washed in the washing machine. For further information see the care label on the Ball Cushion.
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