Special chairs work wonders
At Hamilton North School, it's not unusual for the special-needs students to become agitated, sometimes for the smallest of reasons.
And thanks to a grant from the Mazda Foundation, teachers have a new tool to counter that agitation, helping children to become focused again.
Teacher Daina Brown calls them gravity chairs, special sensory chairs made out of contoured layers of foam that give the upset child a squeeze, similar to a hug.
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Siera's Gravity Chair
We would like to say a huge THANK YOU, to Wilson Home Trust for buying Siera's gravity chair.
We appreciate it very much. Siera is very comfortable in it & even fell asleep in it today & is now watching tv in it.
It is very well made, soft yet supportive. Family & friends have commented on how awesome it is.
A thank you also to Claire at Mckenzie centre & Hayden at Medifab for helping make this available to us.
Anything we can do to make her day a little more comforty is well worth it.
I have attached a few photos. :)
Thank you once again, The Wilson Home Trust, you have given us a great start to the year.
How the Gravity chair makes a difference to Mauri’s life:
Mauri has a diagnosis of Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy. For some time we have wanted to find a chair that would provide Mauri the support that he needs, while also allowing him to be relaxed and restrained as minimally as possible.
The Gravity Chair has been ideal for this. Due to its design, Mauri is able to be positioned safely in the chair with only a lap belt holding him. Mauri uses his Gravity Chair multiple times every day. He is able to be fed in it, both orally and tube fed.
It is ideal for interactive activities such as reading and games. It is also a comfortable relaxing place for him to watch his Wiggles DVD’s in.
I find the Gravity Chair to be very light and portable, and I really appreciate finding a product that is both simple and functional.
I would recommend the Gravity Chair to any parents and caregivers with children who have a disability.
Alex's Gravity Chair
Alex is my very precious 6 year old son who has severe spastic quad/dystonic cerebral palsy. Over the past 6 years we have been inundated with a lot of supportive equipment inorder to meet all of his physical needs.
Medifab’s Gravity Chair is one Alex’s latest pieces of equipment and to be honest I don’t think I can really call it equipment. We call it Alex’s ‘lazy chair’. It meets his physical needs perfectly but with 100% comfort. Allowing him to truly relax and look relaxed!
As a parent, I love not having to strap him down like I have to with so much of his other equipment. In his Gravity Chair he only has one lap belt which I pull his shirt down over it so he looks totally strap-free! For kids that are constantly strapped into equipment, this almost strapless feature is very important!
Alex spends a lot of his afternoons and evenings in his Gravity chair watching his DVD or having books read to him. He gets extremely tired with his morning schooling and therapy so he spends his afternoon relaxing.
Alex got his Gravity Chair is an alternative for him wriggling about on the floor. Alex relaxes in a very bad posture when he is left to freely move on the floor so sitting up is just like cruising on the couch in a physio-friendly way!
We have found him to have far less pressure spots in his Gravity chair than in any other equipment to which has been a big bonus. It has also been good during those long nights when he is unwell. He can be reclined to keep his airways safe whilst he sleeps on and off in comfort.
Another huge benefit we have found with the Gravity Chair is that friends and family can get nice and close to him when they visit without bulky hard chair parts getting in the way. It might not sound important but when your disabled child gets too big to sit safely on your knee, having hard metal between you and your child isn’t so nice. Lovely soft chair arms make it very easy to snuggle up!!
If you are looking for a chair for your child that promotes excellent posture and structural support and that also meets their need to relax and not be stuck down by strapping, then I highly recommend the gravity chair. My only regret is not getting one sooner!