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CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To provide a customized standing frame for children unable to stand unaided. A standing frame allows children to be upright, thus assisting with digestion, circulation, and breathing. Children can also bear their own weight, which may assist in developing bone density, limb coordination and strength. The standing frame designed suggested is the “Lazy Squirrel” or “Squirrel” for short. The Squirrel is designed to provide well-supported vertical standing. It has a plywood base and timber side posts, with backing and support straps made of outdoor furniture mesh fabric. In this version, there is also a large castor base, making it easy to move around the house. Additionally, the Squirrel has a removable, lipped tray mounted on shelf bracket strips on the side posts, making it easily adjustable for height. The tray is used for play activities while the child is in the frame. The Squirrel has the facility to tilt backwards up to a 30 degree angle, this is useful for children who have trouble holding their head erect while standing vertically. The tilt is easily adjusted using a pair of tri-nuts. The Squirrel standing frame enables children to have eye contact with other children of similar age and height, thus improving the quality of interaction between the child and other individuals. TITLE: Customized Support. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 28, Number 3, October 2008: p. 7-8. PAGES: 3. (including cover).
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