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A simple chair helps Stanley to enjoy family life…


With a disabled child, one of the biggest problems is including everyone..

For paediatric therapy support practitioner and mother Sam Reid, the answer to the problem has been a chair.

Specifically, one of AAT GB’s Gravity Chairs, for her son Stanley.

Stanley (aged 9) has an undiagnosed neuromuscular condition. It means he fatigues easily and struggles to maintain a seating position when tired.

As a result, he often ends up lying on the sofa or bed whilst his siblings play.

Stanley’s Occupational Therapist in West Somerset, Tracy Potter, knew of the Gravity Chair, and arranged a trial to see if the innovative foam positioning system would help with her client’s comfort and energy levels.

“We love the Gravity Chair! Stanley is so comfortable in it that he hasn’t sat in any other chair since. He feels safe and supported. It helps him conserve his energy, enabling him to rest whilst still being part of family life and then giving him that boost to participate. 

As it’s lightweight, we can easily move it to wherever we need, even into the garden, so he’s been able to spend much more time with his siblings. I’ve told numerous friends about it, especially in the special needs community, who are now also considering it for their children.”

Stanley’s mother Sam

The Gravity Chair foam positioning system has been scientifically designed to positively harness the natural forces of gravity, providing a stable, supported environment. 

The deep, inclined seat provides a low centre of gravity to naturally encourage a stable, non-restrictive seating position and naturally-aligned posture. 

High arm rests support the elbows forward helping reduce muscle tension in the shoulders and enabling fine motor control activities. Snug lateral supports help maintain seated symmetry. 

The structure of the seat allows muscle contortion to be accommodated without putting the occupant at risk. It helps alleviate discomfort from spasm and involuntary movement, providing a safe and non-restrictive seating option to ease deformities and contractures.  

An optional tilt wedge can finitely adjust inclination of the Chair to individual user needs.

A optional removable side pocket provides storage for aids and devices. Sound devices can be similarly attached to provide sensory support.

The seat is upholstered in 100% cotton with a mesh insert to allow the body to breathe. The Gravity Chair can be wiped down or washed as necessary.

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