Category: Water

Seat For Swimming Pool

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CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To provide a custom adaptation of a seat for the swimming pool for a child with cerebral palsy. A pool chair was made based on a previous TADNSW adaptation (Bath Chair)—made from PVC pressure pipe and outdoor furniture fabric. The seat is mounted on a frame which has four sections. The seat section is secured with large suction cups which attach to the tiled step inside the pool, and below this are smaller ones which attach to the tiled step riser. There was some difficulty finding cups that were large and strong enough for the step section, and eventually ones that are normally used for drain plungers were used. The seat incline angle can be adjusted, and it has a pelvic belt and crotch strap. It also has additional cross bars to ensure that the child stays upright, which are padded with wetsuit material so she does not injury herself during an uncontrolled movement. The cross bars are detachable so that they can be removed when the child is being put into the seat. As a final safety measure, a strap was added to the back of the chair which hooks around the pool fence to hold the seat upright. This device allows the child to enjoy the water safely and with minimal physical support from the family. TITLE: Swimming chair. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 28, Number 4, December 2008: p. 11. PAGES: 2. (including cover).


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