What's not to love about a ball pit? As it turns out, quite a lot.
A variation of this birthday party staple, in which kids play in a pit of colored plastic balls, is now sometimes used in therapeutic settings to help soothe kids with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) or SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder). But at a school in Kentucky earlier this month, the staff seems to have seriously botched their ball pit therapy.
As mom Sandra Baker explained to ABC News, a teacher's aide put her son, who has ADHD, in a tightly-closed bag and placed him in a hallway, where he could barely move or see. The "therapy" finally ended when she arrived at the school in response to a call from staff.
From what we can glean, the aide not only used the wrong kind of bag, but seems to have missed the entire point. Children are supposed to roll around on top of an elastic bag full of balls rather than be placed inside of one. The balls provide safe sensory stimulation.
Is the staff at your child's school trained to handle special needs kids?