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Adapted Dining Chair

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CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To provide seating with sufficient postural support to enable a young adult with Down syndrome to eat at a dining table. An existing dining room chair was adapted for this purpose by adding seat inserts. The padded back and seat inserts were built from 12-millimeter plywood and covered with fabric-covered foam. The seat insert was attached to the chair seat using screws and the back insert was attached with webbing straps, two around the back of the chair and one under the seat. The straps were secured with adjustable buckles. A chest support strap and a pelvic strap made of webbing were added to the seat insert to provide appropriate positioning. DIMENSIONS: The foam was 50 millimeters thick, the straps for the back insert were 25 millimeters wide, and the support straps were 50 millimeters wide. TITLE: Support Chairs. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 25, Number 4, Summer 2005. PAGES: 10. Number of pages: 2 (including cover).

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