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Specialist Seating Systems for Children with Special Needs – A Paediatric Physio’s Perspective

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In this blog post, our Head of Paediatric Physiotherapy, Lindsey Hopkinson shares her experience and knowledge on specialised seating systems for children with special needs.

I have worked with children with special needs for seven years and have a working knowledge of various seating systems used at home and within community settings. I often try to attend The Kidz South Exhibition which exhibits various resources and equipment for children with special needs, and new innovations arise yearly.

The main companies that I use are: Leckey, JCM Seating, Jenx and R82.

My clinical reasoning when trialling a chair depends on the following:

  • Age of the child
  • Diagnosis
  • Prognosis
  • Aim of the chair in terms of functional use
  • Aim of chair in terms of the child’s postural requirements
  • Environment that the chair will be used in
  • Parental and child preference
  • Child’s pelvic and spinal alignment
  • Head control
  • Trunk control
  • Child’s range of motion at their hips and knees
  • Child’s specific movement disorder
  • Specific chair modalities such as tilt in space etc.

As you can see, there are lots to consider when finding the correct seating system to improve a child’s function in sitting and to provide appropriate postural management. Every child is different and it’s important to ensure each child has a chair that is fitted to the child’s needs.

Are you looking for a specialist paediatric physio to assess your child and recommend a seating system?  Our physios are able to see your child at school or home and we can even arrange the first appointment within 24 hours.  Contact us today on 0207 884 0374 or email us at