What's so Special about Special Tomato?

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Tim Bergeron is the founder and original designer of the Special Tomato Product Line which was launched in 2001.  Tim’s ambition to design adaptive equipment was inspired by his daughter, Carrie Bergeron.  Carrie was born with Down syndrome and Tim wanted more than anything to help her live a comfortable life. “The Special Tomato” summarizes what Tim believes most parents feel about their child with special needs. “Every child is special in their own unique way. It’s a parent’s job to facilitate their child’s growth in a way that includes them equally within the family and community.”  


For children with disabilities, adaptive equipment can play an important role in helping them function at home, in school, and in the community.  Tim understands the importance of adaptive equipment and he has spent nearly a decade designing equipment under the Special Tomato brand name.

At first glance, you may think that the Special Tomato Soft-Touch Sitters and the Tumble Forms Feeder Seats are the same product.  There are differences between the seating systems and the chart below is intended to highlight the similarities and differences so that you can make an informed decision for your child or client. 


Special Tomato Soft-Touch Sitters VS. Tumble Forms Feeder Seats
  
Special Tomato
Sitters
Tumble Forms
Feeder Seats
Therapeutic Implication
QualityNew Classic
Color & Design
YES
NO
Equipment looks less “therapeutic” and complements one’s home décor.
Material
Soft, Skin-Like, & Durable
Firm & Plastic-Like
Special Tomato Sitters are peel and tear resistant and do not crack.
Warranty
5 YEARS
3 Years
Directly related to the manufacturer’s level of confidence in the durability of the product; the longer warranty the better!
AttributesHarness Style
5-point - with Padded Fabric Cushioning
4-Point
A 5 point harness provides a crotch strap that helps position the hips in the seat
Anti-Thrust
Seat Surface
ALL 5 SIZES
Small & Medium Sizes ONLY
Helps keep the hips positioned back in the seat and often improves sitting posture.
Lateral Head
& Trunk Support
Contoured
Planir
Special Tomato's Contoured head support supports the natural curvature of the trunk and spine.
Abductor
YES
YES
Promotes leg separation and neutral hip alignment.
Attachment Straps
YES
NO
Attach Special Tomato Sitters to standard chairs at a restaurant, school, relative’s house, etc
BaseMobile Base
Offering Tilt
YES
NO
Special Tomato Sitters allow tilt positioning up to 25 degrees, thus minimizing the effects of gravity on head and trunk control.
Mobile Base
ALL 5 SIZES
Medium, Large & X-Large Sizes ONLY
Facilitates mobility of the lower extremities and makes transporting the system easier.
Tilt Base
YES
YES
Attach to standard chairs at a restaurant, school, relative’s house, etc


Please contact me or one of the other customer service representatives if you have any questions about the Special Tomato Soft-Touch Sitters or the Tumble Forms Feeder Seats. 

Click here to locate the Special Tomato Soft-Touch Sitters: 
http://www.adaptivemall.com/sptososi.html
Click here to locate the Tumble Form Feeder Seats:
http://www.adaptivemall.com/floorsitandf.html

With Patience and Understanding,

Sitter Comparison

Inside Seat Depth

Inside Seat Back Height

Inside Seat Width

Target Height

Target Weight

Special Tomato Soft-Touch Sitter Size1
7"(17.5 cm)
21"(52.5 cm)
8"(20 cm)
30-35"(75-87.5 cm)
20-30lbs. (9-14 kg)
Tumble Forms Feeder Seat Small
8"(20 cm)
18"(46 cm)
7.75"(18.7 cm)
30-36"(91-107 cm)
20-40lbs.(9-18 kg)
Special Tomato Soft-Touch Sitter Size2
9.5"(23.75 cm)
26"(65 cm)
10"(25 cm)
35-48"(87.5-120 cm)
30-60 lbs. (14-27 kg)
Tumble Forms Feeder Seat Medium
9.5"(24 cm)
23"(58.5 cm)
9"(22.8 cm)
36-48"(107-127 cm)
&
40-60lbs.(18-27 kg)
Special Tomato Soft-Touch Sitter Size3
11.5"(28.75 cm)
29"(72.5 cm)
12"(30 cm)
40-56"(100-140 cm)
40-80lbs.(18-36 kg)
Tumble Forms Feeder Seat Large
13.25"(33 cm)
29"(73 cm)
12.5"(31.7 cm)
48-60"(122-153 cm)
40-80 lb(18-36 kg)
Special Tomato Soft-Touch Sitter Size4
13.5"(33.75 cm)
35"(87.5 cm)
14"(35 cm)
50-65"(125-162.5 cm)

50-110lbs. (23-50 kg)

Tumble Forms Feeder Seat Extra Large
16.5"(42 cm)
35"(89 cm)
15"(38 cm)
54-72"(137-183 cm)
60-200 lb(27-91 kg)
Special Tomato Soft-Touch Sitter Size5
16"(40 cm)
39"(97.5 cm)
16"(40 cm)
54-74"(135-185 cm)
90-200lbs.(41-91kg)
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