Corner and floor sitter chairs provide support for children who are developing sitting balance but who are inclined to fall back or sideways if they overstretch.
They have a V-shaped backrest providing support at the back and sides of your child. On some models, the height of the backrest can be adjusted which varies the amount of support provided. Many have a pommel at the front to keep the legs apart (abducted). Tables or trays are also available from most suppliers. Extended floor supports at the back of the chair or a large base will increase its stability.
Small children may want to spend a lot of time on the floor as this is the usual place for playing. Therefore these chairs may enable children to interact more easily with others as they can be at the same level for making eye contact.
'Tumble forms' are a particular style of floor sitter.
It is important that the occupational therapist and/or the physiotherapist working with your child are involved in the choice of chair. They can advice on positioning to encourage head control and sitting balance, and on chairs that encourage a symmetrical sitting posture.
Read considerations on the use of corner and floor sitting chairs, for example transfers and children's comfort.
The chairs listed here may be provided by your local authority, depending on their eligibility criteria. If your child is eligible, the equipment will be provided on a long-term loan basis. Alternatively, you may be eligible for a direct payment to purchase something suitable.
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