Bag of Air Created by Dr. Brandy Schumann
This heavy-duty therapeutic punching bag was created by Dr. Brandy Schumann. Children use this play room tool to express different emotions.
The inflatable bag is 48″ and utilizes a rice-weighted base. (Rice is not included). (36″ bag is also available, Item BOA36).
The bladders are comprised from extremely heavy plastic and made with extra large seams. Even so, some air leakage from the bladder may still occur. It is normal practice to replenish the air periodically.
This product is much more durable than the inexpensive “bop bag” and is guaranteed for two years of appropriate play therapeutic use. Detailed directions are included.
This toy grouping allows for the release of emotions that are typically not allowed to be expressed in other settings and includes Bobo or the bop bag, toy soldiers, rubber knives, and toy guns (that purposely do not look realistic).
Less obvious, but still important are egg cartoons and popcicle sticks that can be physically broken down and destroyed.
BOA (Bag of Air) in Playrooms
The benefits of including a bobo or bag of air in play therapy are numerous for client and therapist. First, it allows for a “target” or alternative point to effectively redirect anger and aggression displayed by the child, away from the therapist or another group member. The boa allows insight to emotions, aggression and ideas including family member loss, parental job loss or divorce, which all may contribute to behavioral issues. Further, because this product is constructed to withstand therapeutic and indoor aggressive play, thereby, diminishing concern for popping it. Painstaking efforts are taken in manufacturing to prevent popping, which will in it ‘s self diminish the possibility for the common guilt produced when a child in therapy uses a weaker model of such a tool, and pops it.
Additionally, the BOA is often utilized as another person/object in the room, facilitating the working through play via relationship issues. Also, the Bag of Air, in it’s nondescript form has been used in the expression of many types of play including being ridden (horse/spaceship) nurtured (fed, medically treated, cared for) arrested, etc.
Product Details and 2 years Warranty
A highly durable, superior grade punching bag made with professional strength inner inflatable bag and strong but soft nylon cover. The bag is available in two sizes, 36″ and 48″ with each utilizing a rice weighted base. This product, which is comprised of both the outer casing and inner bladder, is guaranteed for two years of appropriate play therapeutic use. The bladders are comprised from extremely heavy plastic and made with extra large seams. Even so, some air leakage from the bladder may still occur. It is normal practice to replenish the air periodically. If your BOA develops a persistent leak or if you have other concerns Contact Us for repair and return instructions.
*If your problem is with only the inner bladder then you need only send that part back to the company for repair.
*If a problem develops with the outer cover, empty the sand out of the inner Velcro patch before mailing.
How Does it Work
All BOA’s require sand to be placed in Velcro pouch at the base of the outer casing. Regulate amount of sand to achieve the speed of return you would like. We recommend approximately 15 lbs. of rice. (15 cups) A funnel may aid in depositing the rice into the pouch.
- Place the deflated bladder through the leather opening of the casing until the entire bladder is inside the casing.
- Begin to inflate the inner bladder by blowing directly into the black one-way air valve (in place as delivered.) Use either human breaths or an air compressor. Be careful not to puncture or dirty the valve. Also take care not to use dirty air.
- Inflate bladder approximately 80% full.
- Grip the case and bladder tightly and shake the entire unit until the bladder fits into all corners and areas of the casing.
- Inflate the remainder of the bag until the unit is firm. (If you are having trouble blowing through the valve press the center point of the valve with finger tip to break the air seal and attempt blowing again.)
- Once filled to desired capacity, cover valve with black lid.
- Flatten out protective flap below zipper opening and Zip up casing.
- Examine the unit to insure the bladder is full in all areas of the casing. If there are sags or deflated areas partially deflate the bladder and repeat steps beginning with number 4.