A properly seated child is able to engage in everyday activities. Proper support provides a good seating position and at the same time it allows freedom of movement. A supportive seating system allows the user to see around themselves and be at eye level with their peers. This may seem easy to do but may be difficult to accomplish. Many things need to be taken into consideration to achieve a proper fit.
A good seating position must:
- promote correct posture
- prevent pressure points
- be comfortable
- be supportive
A well-fitted seating postion provides:
- adequate and essential support
- freedom of movement
- the user the ability to interact with peers
Further it is important to notice that the
best possible seating position:
- maintain bodily functions such as digestion and respiration
- minimize fatigue and promote functional activity
- maximize independence, communication and activity
Three core elements:
- Stable base
Proper support of the pelvis, thighs and
feet forms the foundation for stability.
The placement of the trunk, shoulders
and in some cases the head are crucial to
The free movement of the head, arms and
hands provides the possibility of increased
movement and improved function.