The Miracle of the Corner Chair: Household Chairs for Children with Special Needs

Abi's corner chair

Early on in our life with Abi, we ordered this very expensive corner chair. When it arrived we immediately realized it didn’t offer enough trunk support for Abi. That day we ordered an additional strap that was professionally installed but it still didn’t work. Sitting in it always resulted in cramped muscles and many tears. When we moved and our new at-home physical therapist spotted it, she was determined to make it work for Abi. After crafting supports out of pool noodles, brainstorming different homemade solutions, and ordering another harness, we were finally in business. The harness was professionally installed here at the house and it’s perfect.

We are so glad our PT had the vision because- WOW. Not only does it help Abi practice holding her head and trunk up (with enough assistance that it’s not painful) it keeps her in perfect alignment and it allows her to feel secure enough to (drumroll please) use her HANDS! Woohoooo!!!

It’s one of her favorite spots in the house and now she can play with more independence. So grateful for a PT that saw the potential in a piece of equipment I had given up on. (We love you Kim!) Truly a life changer in this house!

Cheers!

PS- According to this website,  “KAYE Corner Chairs provide support for symmetrical posture and mid-line control of head and trunk and improve breathing for children who have low trunk tone. The corner shaped back prevents scapular and shoulder retraction, a pattern frequently seen in children who cannot stabilize against gravity. With hands forward on an adjustable tray, the child gains shoulder protraction and symmetrical arm posture for playing and feeding.

The head supports, tray and abductor are removable so that as the child gains balance in sitting, he will feel confident to try these new movement skills. The seat can be raised for a child with poor pelvic stability so the child can be positioned with the hips and knees flexed to facilitate a vertical pelvis. With the seat in a low position, a child can be positioned with hips flexed but knees extended to facilitate long leg sitting. The abductor wedge can be positioned in front of the seat at the distal part of the femur to maintain hip abduction with either knee flexion or extension.

The seat belt positioned over the hips aids pelvic stability. A firm support along the spine may give the child better spinal stability and shoulder position and consequently greater freedom for the arms.

The KAYE Corner Chairs provide a firm, padded insert which converts the V-shaped back to a three-sectioned winged back, and can be removed to meet the postural needs of the individual child. Both Corner Chairs can be ordered with or without casters, making these chairs easy to move within a room or from one room to another” (especialneeds.com).