Protac SenSit®




Sensory-stimulating chair
Protac SenSit® is a sensory-stimulating chair that contains 5 cm balls in the back and in the top layer of the seat. The bottom is filled with granulate which makes the chair malleable to the individual user’s proportions. One can advantageously form a recess in the back of the seat before sitting down for optimal seating comfort. There is an incontinence cover on the back of the seat, so in the event of an accident in the chair, one can easily zip the fabric off the seat and wash it. The chair can also be completely disassembled when one wishes to wash the entire cover.

The standard chair is suitable for individuals up to 180 cm. For people above 180 cm, the Protac SenSit high back model is recommended.

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How to use Protac SenSit®

Product presentation

Assembly instructions
Protac SenSit 601

CASES


18-year-old boy with Cerabral Palsy

We have a young man with Cerebral Palsy here at the group home. He has an intellectual disability and is estimated to have a cognitive functional level of 3 - 6 months old. He is a wheelchair user and is passively transported around in his wheelchair. He has bouts of self-harming behavior and periods with many spasms. He very easily becomes insecure and reacts with self-harming behavior and loud noises. He has undergone a sensory integration evaluation that concluded that he craves stimulation of all the proximal senses, but primarily the proprioceptive and vestibular senses. During therapy, insecurity and self-harming behavior can be alleviated by giving him plenty of proprioceptive stimuli. I do this by passively facilitating movement in the typical tone-reducing patterns, e.g., calm rhythmic movements in hip flexion and rotation over the spine. In addition, I give deep touch pressure on the extremities and vibrations on the chest. With my hands I can keep him relaxed and comfortable in therapy. I would really like him to be able to take this relaxed state home with him. The Protac SenSit® ball chair and the Protac Ball blanket® Combi have made this wish come true! He has been granted funding for the blanket because it gives him peace at night and makes him more rested when he wakes up. Previously, he would make quite a ruckus at night – rocking from side to side and shouting. A behavior we (staff) have interpreted as inner turmoil and vestibular and proprioceptive self-stimulation (like "blind-rocking") The Protac SenSit® chair he bought himself, and it gives him enough peace to be able to stay in common rooms with his fellow residents without becoming restless and self-harming as he used to be the case. He also uses it to ”wind down” after training.


Adult woman with anxiety

After a severe anxiety attack, I became very restless and was afraid of falling. The ball chair’s "cave- like” feeling made the restlessness in my body gradually disappear. The chair also provided a comfortable warmth. After 10-15 minutes the anxiety attack was diminished and after half an hour in the chair, I was able to function in the group again. The wings of the Protac SenSit® ball chair feel as if they are holding me. I think it's great!


6-year-old boy with tendancy to be self destructive

During a 3-month period, the boy has sat approx. 20 min in the Protac SenSit® ball chair every day after breakfast and during the morning gathering. The chair is also used spontaneously. He has increased his concentration during the morning gathering, can now keep up with is happening and is not as disturbing to the other children as he was before. He calms down more. It is evident that he calms down when he sits down in the chair. The mornings when he feels bad, the chair helps him “move on”, “get over it” and have a better day.


18-year-boy with Cerebral Palsy

We have a young man with Cerebral Palsy here at the group home. He has an intellectual disability and is estimated to have a cognitive functional level of 3 - 6 months old. He is a wheelchair user and is passively transported around in his wheelchair. He has bouts of self-harming behavior and periods with many spasms. He very easily becomes insecure and reacts with self-harming behavior and loud noises. He has undergone a sensory integration evaluation that concluded that he craves stimulation of all the proximal senses, but primarily the proprioceptive and vestibular senses. During therapy, insecurity and self-harming behavior can be alleviated by giving him plenty of proprioceptive stimuli. I do this by passively facilitating movement in the typical tone-reducing patterns, e.g., calm rhythmic movements in hip flexion and rotation over the spine. In addition, I give deep touch pressure on the extremities and vibrations on the chest. With my hands I can keep him relaxed and comfortable in therapy. I would really like him to be able to take this relaxed state home with him. The Protac SenSit® ball chair and the Protac Ball Blanket® Combi have made this wish come true! He has been granted funding for the blanket because it gives him peace at night and makes him more rested when he wakes up. Previously, he would make quite a ruckus at night – rocking from side to side and shouting. A behavior we (staff) have interpreted as inner turmoil and vestibular and proprioceptive self-stimulation (like "blind-rocking") The Protac SenSit® chair he bought himself, and it gives him enough peace to be able to stay in common rooms with his fellow residents without becoming restless and self-harming as he used to be the case. He also uses it to help him” wind down” after training.


Man with a psychiatric diagnose

A man with mental illness, lives in a psychiatric care facility with other residents. He has his own room where he prefers to be almost all the time. He stays a maximum of ½ hour at a time in common areas and is considered restless. The man loves the Protac SenSit® ball chair and stays in it longer than he has wanted to sit in other furniture. The staff experience that he has less motor restlessness. He wanders around less of the time and with less intensity. He can sit in the common room for longer time periods than before. The chair allows him to retire to a safe spot and get sensory stimulation without falling asleep. This means that he can remain closer to ongoing activities and that he is more alert and ready for activity than if he had received sensory stimulation while lying down.


20-year-old woman with a psychiatric diagnose

The woman has several suicide attempts behind her and is admitted to a psychiatric ward. Is severely self-harming. She was supported by the staff to use the Protac SenSit® ball chair but eventually it became the patient's own strategy to use the chair. She experienced calmness in her body and mind and that she became better able to resist the urge to do self-harming behavior. The chair was placed in her room so that she could seek it out herself and experience well-being and calm her mind and body.


Woman with a bipolar diagnose

A therapist on the ward says: "The woman uses the  ball chair on her own initiative several times a day; especially when she needs to be calmed and get her thoughts gathered. She describes that it helps her to find peace during the day without having to go to bed. She finds that the combination of using the Protac Ball Blanket® at night and the Protac SenSit® ball chair during the day is completely optimal for her. In the ward, it is experienced that the ball chair can help prevent and limit her tendency to become agitated and angry during the day. She is observed, among other things, to use it before and after she goes to meetings or conversations. In previous hospitalizations she has been mechanically restrained with a fixation belt, but this has not been necessary during this hospitalization".


Woman with mental unrest at psychiatric unit

When she uses the Protac SenSit® ball chair , she is better able to be present in the common room of the ward because she becomes calmer physically and mentally. Staff has experienced, immediately after she has been assisted with sitting down in the chair, that she is calmer and more collected. She can participate in the activities that take place around her. She cannot get up from the chair on her own and needs a little help from a staff.


6-year-boy with motor unrest

After trying the Protac SenSit® ball chair  a few times in occupational therapy treatment sessions, the boy says: "You have to tell my mother where to buy such a chair". The boy enjoys being hidden under the neck pillows; the side pieces are draped over him and he also wants to have a ball blanket over him in the meantime. When the parents see the pleasure that the chair brings, they try to create seating that is similar. The mother says, "we must own that chair”. Nothing else gives so much peace to our son."


4-year-old girl with mental and motor unrest

The severe motor and emotional unrest that characterizes the girl's daily life decreases a lot once she has been sitting in the Protac SenSit® ball chair. She seeks it out spontaneously in the therapy room, as one of the first things she does. After 4-6 minutes, where she sits completely covered by the wings of the chair and silent, she begins to communicate. Her speech is clearly more cohesive and organized. The sensorimotor activities that ensue are performed much more calmly than before she was introduced to the chair. Tasks are often performed that require eye-hand coordination while sitting in the chair, which promotes the quality of her performance.


Children in sensory room

The occupational therapist tells us about the children's comments: "I love that ball chair - I want one like it at home"; "It is wonderful"; "I’ll take it home without you seeing it"; "I want one for Christmas". Most of the children in the sensory room share their enjoyment of using the chair’s wings to wrap up in.


13-year-old boy with ADHD

It is obvious that all forms of contact and communication as well as bodily calmness increase both while and after the boy sits in the Protac SenSit® chair . He seeks out the chair spontaneously and often tries to “pretend sleep” to be allowed to stay in the chair a bit longer. He is clearly calmer and happier and easier to work with when he has been sitting in the chair. He often expresses with a twinkle in his eye: “one day I will snatch the chair and take it home without you noticing".


Children btw. 8-17-years-old with autism

The center has had two Protac SenSit® chairs  for one year. One chair is placed in a study-room where it is used by the center’s exam-preparation class when the pupils need to read and concentrate. Pupils who use the chair are pleased with its effect. It gives them peace of mind and significantly improves their concentration when it comes to learning new subject matter. The second chair is moved around as needed. It has been placed in the activity-café area, but the staff has requested that it be moved as the young people gravitate to the chair and become so relaxed that they fall asleep and do not participate in the activities that are occurring. At present it is used in a quiet room where one can withdraw when in need of peace.


6-year-old boy with motor unrest

After trying the Protac SenSit® ball chair a few times in occupational therapy treatment sessions, the boy says: "You have to tell my mother where to buy such a chair". The boy enjoys being hidden under the neck pillows; the side pieces are draped over him and he also wants to have a ball quilt over him in the meantime. When the parents see the pleasure that the chair brings, they try to create seating that is similar. The mother says, "we must own that chair”. Nothing else gives so much peace to our son."


WASHING AND MAINTENANCE


Cleaning

It is recommended to clean and wash the covers as the Protac SenSit® chair may become dirty over time. The need and frequency of washing depend on the use of the chair.
Follow the instructions below when washing and cleaning the chair.

· The cover can be washed in a washing machine, min. 7 kg, using a detergent without bleach and perfume. See the washing instructions inside the cover.

· The seat cover with incontinence fabric on the reverse side, can be unzipped and washed separately using a detergent without bleach and perfume. See the washing instructions inside the cover.

· Neck and side wings can be washed in a washing machine, min. 7 kg, using the supplied washing bags. Use detergent without bleach and perfume. See the washing instructions inside the wings.

Before using any stain removers, do a test on a non-visible area (bottom of chair) to make sure that it does not damage or change the colour of the fabric. Protac does not recommend the use of stain removers.

Protac accepts no liability for damages resulting from incorrect washing and maintenance

· Do not wash the inner bag with balls and granulate
· Do not wash the inner bag in the neck rest

Maintenance

Over time a recess will form in the seat as the granulate at the bottom ‘settle’ through use. It is therefore important to turn the chair upside down once in a while and shake it a little to allow the balls to become evenly distributed again. This will restore the shape of the seat. Inspect the chair for defects and deficiencies prior to each use, and inspect the chair’s seams, zips, fabric, straps, balls and general condition once a year. If serious defects or deficiencies are discovered, the Protac SenSit® chair must not be used until the defects have been repaired and safety has been restored.

The Protac SenSit® can be wiped with a well-wrung cloth soaked in warm soapy water. Can be wiped off with alcohol.

MODEL OVERVIEW



NAME ITEM NO. SIZE HMI NO. COVER
Protac SenSit® - Off White 600-602-3820-02 ryg 78 cm/sæde 38 cm 45630 Oxford 100% polyester
Protac SenSit® - Black 600-602-3820-10 ryg 78 cm/sæde 38 cm 45630 Oxford 100% polyester
Protac SenSit® - Red 600-602-3820-20 ryg 78 cm/sæde 38 cm 45630 Oxford 100% polyester
Protac SenSit® - Aqua 600-602-3820-30 ryg 78 cm/sæde 38 cm 45630 Oxford 100% polyester
Protac SenSit® - Lime 600-602-3820-40 ryg 78 cm/sæde 38 cm 45630 Oxford 100% polyester
Protac SenSit® - Dusty Green 600-602-3820-41 ryg 78 cm/sæde 38 cm 45630 Oxford 100% polyester
Protac SenSit® - Dark Gray 600-602-3820-80 ryg 78 cm/sæde 38 cm 45630 Oxford 100% polyester
Protac SenSit® - Off White - High back 600-702-3820-02 ryg 90 cm/sæde 38 cm 50466 Oxford 100% polyester
Protac SenSit® - Black - High back 600-702-3820-10 ryg 90 cm/sæde 38 cm 50466 Oxford 100% polyester
Protac SenSit® - Red - High back 600-702-3820-20 ryg 90 cm/sæde 38 cm 50466 Oxford 100% polyester
Protac SenSit® - Aqua - High back 600-702-3820-30 ryg 90 cm/sæde 38 cm 50466 Oxford 100% polyester
Protac SenSit® - Lime - High back 600-702-3820-40 ryg 90 cm/sæde 38 cm 50466 Oxford 100% polyester
Protac SenSit® - Dusty Green - High back 600-702-3820-41 ryg 90 cm/sæde 38 cm 50466 Oxford 100% polyester
Protac SenSit® - Dark Gray - High back 600-702-3820-80 ryg 90 cm/sæde 38 cm 50466 Oxford 100% polyester
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