What is it?
The Silvalea Teddy Bear transfer sling is designed specifically for reducing anxiety and providing comfort during a transfer. Being hoisted means a person has little or no control over their movement, end users may be confused by the sensation or suffer from feelings of anxiety and vulnerability. These feelings and sensations are often heightened in paediatric users particularly those children with autism or sensory defensiveness, brain injury, and vestibular impairment. The teddy sling answers the need to create a sling that could be used by OTs and caregivers to eliminate transfer anxiety in children.
The Teddy Bear sling allows the caregiver to introduce the sling before transfer creating a relationship of trust which leads to a more relaxed transfer. Creating a positive reaction from a negative or ‘challenging behavioural’ reaction and eliminating previous negative transfer associations/fears, such as pain, illness or just general distress/anxiety in a transfer is possible. Transfer defensiveness in Paediatrics can be significantly reduced and even eliminated using this type of sling.
Working with specialist Paediatric Occupational Therapists, the development of the Teddy Sling has been based on understanding sensory integration and appreciating how a sling transfer can deprive a child of control and how objects can become the focus for unpleasant and fearful associations.
The sling has been manufactured with a faux sheepskin which is soft, tactile and textured. A Teddy Bear is stitched on to a removable mesh sling cover allowing the OT to work with the child and bear cover without the encumbrance of the rest of the sling. The child can dress the sling with the teddy cover and teddy can even be taken to bed.
The Teddy sling is the first in a line of specialist paediatric slings created specifically for transfer anxiety and is based on a Universal sling. The full body sling transfers in a slightly reclined position and is extremely comfortable and supportive, featuring additional padding on the leg sections. Divided full body easy to apply general transfer sling.
Available in one Material type:
- Polyester – Easy application. Glides and slides smoothly, dries quickly after washing.
- Wash at 85°C
- Tumble dry low heat (max 50°C)
Teddy bear cover:
- Wash at 60°C
- Do not tumble dry
- Mesh – High density open weave mesh, durable, used for bathing as quick drying.
- Suitable for bathing.