Sitting comfortably…? How choice of cushion can really be life-changing

01/08/2022
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Remember the pleasure as a child of sitting in a bean bag, and having a wriggle so it fitted you just right? Then you moved, and it all went pear-shaped….

When living with a child with special needs, repeating for them that pleasurable experience (before you moved) is even harder. 

Or is it?

Chillibean Posture Cushion
Chillibean Posture Cushion

“It’s an amazing piece of kit.  It’s the one piece of equipment Daniel has that really added value to his and our lives. It has had such a positive impact on the whole family, it gives us such freedom. We know Daniel is correctly and safely supported without restraint, we can adjust it ourselves as he needs”

Just a taste of what’s to come if you read on….!

As the comment above testifies, getting the correct postural support for your child with special needs makes a huge difference to your child- and to you and the rest of the family. 

the problem:

The root of the problem is the balance between comfort, support and stability. We need to mould the seat so it exactly mirrors their body, then holds that shape, to support them, correctly. 

However, if your child is not sat in EXACTLY the same position even minutes later, the shape is at least uncomfortable, at worst failing to correctly support their posture. To get a remould takes days, if not weeks or months: time when your child is uncomfortable, in distress.

the answer:

In an ideal world, you would be able to tweak the seat shape to restore that comfort and correct postural support. 

You would be able to do it yourself, in seconds, at home, and eliminate all the distress to your child- and you- of seeing them in discomfort or pain.

Chilli Bean is that ideal world.

It combines the essence of a bean bag with the ability to lock the “beans” into position, just by removing the air inbetween them. 

infinite remouldability, freedom from restraint

It’s a process that takes seconds. A process you can do yourself (with appropriate training). It’s a process that can be done whenever you need, whether it’s a minute adjustment needed one day, or a major re-shape because they’ve had a growth spurt or a significant change in condition.

Because of the way Chilli Bean supports your child comfortably, deeply and securely, there’s no need for any restraints.

Chilli Bean gives posture AND function, even for the most complex needs.

Its lightness of weight means you can move it around easily- bedroom, lounge, garden…

Its shapeability means you can flatten a side yet instil the rigidity for it to support devices, snacks. It hugs your child, instilling a feeling of stability and security, of wellbeing.

You can pop a device underneath to add sensory stimulation via rhythms, or sound.

Its neoprene surface means it “breathes” yet wipes clean. 

testimonials:

“It’s an amazing piece of kit. It’s the one piece of equipment Daniel has that really added value to his and our lives. It has had such a positive impact on the whole family, it gives us such freedom. We know Daniel is correctly and safely supported without restraint, we can adjust it ourselves as he needs. Because it’s basically a lightweight bean bag, we can move it round the house wherever we need, even into the garden. We can even have family movie nights: his brother will sit on the floor next to Daniel.”

Jodie Bostockmum of Daniel. Brain injured at birth, Daniel requires round-the-clock care support for his condition: he has Cerebral Palsy and a gastrostomy, his back arches, his legs do not bend but his body exerts strong movement and his muscle pattern changes through the day.

“As soon as I saw how it all worked I instantly thought of clients whom I felt would benefit. I was very impressed. Other beanbags need professional casting, which makes it difficult to adjust them once the client’s postural needs change. Chilli Bean can be easily readjusted by anyone trained to do so. I’ve already recommended it to other team members, who have also begun specifying Chilli Bean.”

Rosanna Barbosa, physiotherapist 

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