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Crash Tested Special Needs Equipment for Safe Traveling

We are a society “on the go!” and our children and family members with special needs are no exception to this cultural norm. But, particular considerations are required when individuals with special needs are being transported in moving vehicles. Whether traveling on a bus, in a car or in an airplane, the use of authorized, crash-tested seating restraints are required by law. At Adaptivemall.com your child’s safety is our primary concern in every product we offer but especially in adaptive equipment that will be used during transportation. The car seats offered at Adaptivemall.com have all been specifically designed for children with special needs and meet USA FMVSS 213 Car Seat Standards. The wheelchairs, push chairs and strollers offered have all met or exceeded the stringent WC19 Safety Standards established to ensure the safety and security of bus-riders with special needs. The seating solutions offered for airplane travel have all met US FAA requirements for use in an aircraft.

Here at Adaptivemall.com we also understand that safety is not the only issue to be seriously considered when children with special needs travel. Supporting and maintaining proper postural alignment is essential for comfortable, content traveling. Without it, results can border on disastrous! Whether your child needs just a small amount of extra support or they are fully dependent on support when upright, you will find what you need here for safe and happy travels!

Versatile Adaptive Equipment for Car, Bus and Airplane Transportation

With so many options available on the market today, selecting the right piece of adaptive equipment to meet your child’s unique needs for traveling can be confusing. We want you to be confident in your selection and we’re here to help Adaptivemall.com is staffed by physical and occupational therapists and intervention specialists who are happy to provide you with custom advice. All adaptive equipment for travel has been handpicked and recommended by therapists and families with special needs children. This equipment is appropriate for but not limited to children with diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy, Gross Motor Delay, Down Syndrome, Autism, Spina Bifida, Muscular Dystrophy and Traumatic Brain Injury.

When should I turn my child around to face forward in a car seat? According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), for best protection, children should ride in a rear-facing car seat to the highest weight that is allowed for use by the manufacturer of the car seat. Children are 5 times safer riding in a rear-facing position than when riding in a forward-facing position into the second year of life.*

The latest recommendation by the AAP is that "all infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing car safety seat until 2 years of age or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by the car safety seat manufacturer. Once your child has outgrown the rear-facing height or weight limit, she should ride in a forward-facing car safety seat." More details can be found here at the AAP parenting's web site.

*Reference: M. J. Bull and D. R. Durbin
Rear-Facing Car Safety Seats: Getting the Message Right
Pediatrics, March 1, 2008; 121(3): 619 - 620.
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For children with certain clinical diagnoses, adaptive equipment designed for use during transportation may be beneficial to help them achieve their goals. Always check with your child's therapists before using equipment to make sure that it is appropriate. Some of the clinical diagnoses that might include but are not limited to the following: Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy, Gross Motor Delay, Spina Bifida, Autism, and Traumatic Brain Injury.