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CUSTOM ADAPTATIONPURPOSE: To enable a child to have her position changed without leaving the chair. This standard child's tilt-in-space chair, designed by Technical Aids for the Disabled (TAD), Australia, was customized to meet the specific needs of an 18-month old child with Aircardi syndrome with little head and trunk control. Made of plywood, this chair adjusts from upright to 55 degrees of tilt to enable the child to sit upright for eating, drinking, etc. while providing relief from the effort of holding the head up as needed. Large triwheel nuts lock the chair in the desired position. The chair is equipped with a one-piece foot support plate and a wheeled base that enables the chair to be used at the dinner table. A head extension can be dropped into slots on the back of the chair to accommodate height growth. Also included is a height- and tilt-adjustable removable tray that tilts with the chair. The tray attaches to metal slides on either side of the chair; triwheel nuts lock the tray in position. A play frame mounts across the chair close enough for the child, who has low vision, to reach and see the toys attached. A foam positioning insert and a wide chest strap aid in maintaining proper positioning. DIMENSIONS: The seat plate is 340 x 300 millimeters. The base is 300 millimeters high, the back height is 530 millimeters, and the head extension is 150 millimeters high. TITLE: Lucy Tilts in Space. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Vol 22, no 3, Spring 2002: p 9. PAGES (including cover) 2 2002.
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