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CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To provide seating for a child with multiple disabilities, including cerebral palsy and intellectual disabilities, who rocked when seated. The chair needed to be strong enough to be difficult to rock and to be able to withstand any rocking motion generated while providing the needed positioning for eating and other activities. The chair base and frame were made of solid Tasmanian oak, with joints that are both screwed and glued. The seat, back, and base covering were made of 9-millimeter (mm) plywood. The bottom of the chair is equipped with solid wood skis which resist tipping when the child rocks. Resting on the front of the skis is an adjustable-height footblock made of four layers of 12-mm plywood, which are held in place underneath using tri-nuts. The footblock is equipped with footcups with Velcro straps. In the center of the base, under the seat, there is a compartment for adding additional weights to make rocking more difficult. The compartment has a plywood lid with finger holes for removal and replacement. The chair is also equipped with a covered 25-mm foam cushion and a double-layer foam back cushion. One layer of foam can be removed from the back cushion to accommodate growth. Other positioning features include a pelvic belt and removable thoracic fins. The chair also has a large handle on the back made from 30 mm dowel mounted between two wooden blocks. DIMENSIONS: The thoracic fins are 170 mm long. TITLE: Reinforced Chair. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 27, Number 3, October 2007: p. 17-18. PAGES: 3. (including cover).
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