Example: A loaned Special Tomato CatchUp Chair was trialed by Mateo in his classroom from 11/8 through 11/12. It was adjusted for proper fit to be used at his school desk and his therapist and teacher noted marked improvement in postural stability that improved posture of his head, neck, and trunk. Due to improved postural stability, improvements were noted in handwriting and keyboard skills. The height of the seat of the chair was adjusted to optimize ease and safety during sit to stand transfers. The footrest height was adjusted for proper foot placement during sitting and was then pushed out of the way during transfers. Mateo used his arms with hands on armrests to assist with transferring into and out of the chair. Chest and pelvic harnesses offered additional postural support that Mateo could rely on while working at his desk. He was very pleased with the aesthetics of the chair happy, that it looked more like the teacher’s chair than the other student chairs! Mateo’s teacher was relieved to see that this was a chair that Mateo could be seated in safely and pushed out of the building during a fire drill and it could also be used in the auditorium during assemblies. Mateo has been struggling for several years to safely move into and out of the theater seats in the auditorium.
Another seating system equipment trial included the Rifton Activity Chair during the week of 11/1 through 11/5. Ordering the next size up of the TherAdapt Classroom Chair was also considered. The Rifton Activity Chair with accessories met Mateo’s needs for postural support but was significantly more expensive than the Special Tomato CatchUp Chair. The TherAdapt Classroom Chair with accessories also met Mateo’s postural support needs but did not have comparable adjustability for growth. The footrest is stationary and could not easily be moved out of the way during transfers. Making needed adjustments is much more time consuming and the small casters on the mobile base do not offer that same level of maneuverability as the CatchUp Chair.