Bite resistant arm guards made by BitePRO® have been developed following extensive research and feedback from special educational needs teachers, mental health care professionals and psychiatric social worker from all over the world, and they can be worn for an extended amount of time.
With a significantly reduced risk of getting scratched or bitten, teachers will be better able to assist the student/pupil and allow her/him to engage with other children to build further confidence and social skills.
We are offering several different models and designs, subject to your specific job role, work environment and design preferences. They can be worn covertly or overtly on top of an existing garment.
Our most popular model is the "Version 3 Arm Guards".
Why scratch & bite resistant arm guards?
Students and pupils displaying challenging behaviour can harm teachers as well as other pupils by biting, scratching and pinching. They can also exhibit self-injurious behaviour when frustrated with the challenges of fine-motor tasks or when the demand of an activity has increased in difficulty.
The complexities of mental illnesses can make it especially difficult to identify exactly why these incidents occur. It may be due to several reasons ranging from sensory issues to anxiety, frustration or simply exhaustion. Senses can be heightened or masked for those with autism which would explain a lot of incidents.
Take for example a child who bangs their head repeatedly against a table. It is alarming and clearly self-destructive but would not appear so from the child’s point of view. They may be carrying out this act to comfort themselves or distract from anxiety. Their pain threshold may be far higher than the average neuro-typical person while their sense of physical awareness is masked. Thus, they feel the need for strong stimulus. Teachers often imagine that wearing any protection would be obvious to the pupils, and intimidating, but it is not the case with our protective sleeves.
Such aggressive behaviour can also be directed toward the education professional, and whilst there are many violence reduction techniques that professionals use to de-escalate situations and behaviours, every now and then those can be unpredictable, and added protection, such as scratch and bite resistant arm guards are essential for the safety of teachers.
In this context it is good to know, the time for makeshift arm guards is over. Too many professionals have historically used improvised protection that we deem inadequate, offering inferior protection:
Wondering if our BitePRO® scratch & bite resistant arm guards are right for you?
Please also read our expert blog: “What are challenging behaviour injuries".