Choosing Your Child’s First Wheelchair
CP Family Network Editor
- Is it comfortable?
- Is it reasonably adaptable?
- Does it provide the needed support and alignment?
- Is it easy enough to transport?
Selecting a Wheelchair Seating System
Questions to Ask
- How and why did the therapists select the style, options or seating system they are presenting?
- Can the chair/seating system be adjusted for future growth, changes in posture, or function?
- Can the wheelchair or seating system be folded or converted for easy transport?
- Can the chair be used in a vehicle tiedown system (if you will be using a tiedown system)? If so, what adaptions need to be made?
- What additional accessories are available, such as seating trays, clamps to attach switches or alternative communication devices?
- What adaptations are being added and do they facilitate your child’s needs?
- What type of headrest is being used and what parameters are being used in assessing the best headrest for your child?
- What type of harness system will be used with your child’s new wheelchair or seating system and what is its crash-test rating? Examples of today’s offerings of harness systems can be found at Convaid. A five-point restraint harness is recommended for children.
What about a Powered Wheelchair?
Thanks for writing this! My son has cp; but, is ambulatory. But, he needed a proper seat for feeding because he has a swallowing disorder. This is his seat. The only change I wish we had was a more portable solution. This seat is HEAVY! We eat outside the home a lot so carrying this seat and lifting it into the car is a pain. But, my son is worth it!