Seating principles

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:

  • stability
  • comfort
  • 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.
  • Balance The placement of the trunk, shoulders and in some cases the head are crucial to balance.
  • Movement The free movement of the head, arms and hands provides the possibility of increased movement and improved function.