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A Staffordshire family is now able to relax about child support through prescription of an innovative seat- a posture cushion that moulds to his daily needs.

Their son was born with global developmental delay and epilepsy and has no mobility. He is completely reliant on his carers for all transfers and struggles with his secretions.

As a result, the family were finding it very hard to ensure he was properly and comfortably supported during the day. The problem was exacerbated by his changing postural needs: what was appropriate one day would not be the next, depending on his level of secretion, muscle tension etc.

One of AAT’s https://www.aatgb.com/chilli-bean/has proved the solution, prescribed  and purchased by the family’s Occupational Therapy team at their local Council. It followed an in-depth assessment in partnership with AAT.

Infinitely-variable posture cushion

In the free, no obligation assessment, the boy was able to be sat in the Chilli Bean and it be exactly contoured to his requirements. The resultant shape meant he was sat in a correct, pressure-free posture, and was comfortable. Once the Chilli Bean was purchased, AAT revisited the family to train them in the management and adjustment of the seat. They can manage their son’s posture on a daily basis going forward, without the need for expensive and often lengthy re-modelling of fixed moulds .

“What works for him one day may not be suitable the next,” explained  mum. “The Chilli Bean is perfect: we’re able ourselves to finitely adjust the contouring and firmness of the seat to make him properly supported. It’s the first time we’re chilled about his comfort, we know with the Chilli Bean it’s easy to make even tiny alterations whenever he needs. With his secretions, it’s hygienic too as we just wipe it down.”

How it works:

In essence a bean bag, Chilli Bean holds its shape by the attachment of a pump which sucks out all the air between the ‘beans’ so that they stay in the moulded contours. When the user requires a different configuration, however infinite/ minute, the trained carer can make those adjustments. A little air is allowed back in to enable the beans to move, the Chilli Bean re-shaped as needed, and the pump attached and operated to fix the new mould.  If required, the Bean and user can be “mapped” to ensure no pressure points. There is no need for fixed cast moulds, nor the cost and time involved in organising such variants.

wipe clean

Constructed from a sophisticated air- and water-proof form of neoprene, Chilli Bean’s surface breathes but is waterproof; thus it can be wiped clean, and easily disinfected. 

what else do we do?

The Chilli Bean seat compliments AAT vacuum postural care systems already in use at the family’s Cannock home: he uses a Bagel at bathtime, where the crescent-shaped cushion stabilises his head and neck enabling him to free-float in the water.

Chilli Bean and Bagel are just part of AAT’s vacuum technology postural support range to address moderate to severe motor impairment. The options range from small cushions to mattresses and even systems for water-based activity 

As part of AAT’s support for healthcare professionals, it provides virtual or actual technical training, demonstrations, and free, no obligation client assessments Click here for our booking form:https://www.aatgb.com/booking-form


The AAT Gravity Chair is a foam positioning system…


The AAT Gravity Chair looks like a simple chair, but is much more. The AAT Gravity Chair is a foam positioning system, fitting well to every body. Since the centre of gravity of the user is very low, the seating position becomes much more stable, which is additionally supported by the tight lateral support and the high arm rests. The high position of the arm rests also effectuates free breathing which raises blood oxygen.

The position of the head and the body can be stabilised very easily by the triangle mat. Simply tilt the AAT Gravity Chair by lying the triangle may underneath from the front, the back or even sideways, for scoliosis patients, for example.



The twenty years experience of the AAT Gravity Chair gave many positive results about combining the use of gravity and the tight lateral support:

  • Patients who were just able to lay, learned step by step to sit in the AAT Gravity Chair.
  • During spastic attacks the AAT Gravity Chair follows the tension. After the attack and weakening of the muscles, gravity and the AAT Gravity Chair leads the user back to the starting position.
  • Patients with perception deficit or ADHD get close body contact in the AAT Gravity Chair, which raises the self perception and environment perception. This again helps the user to calm down and supports self discovery. The AAT Gravity Chair can create an optimal basic position for occupational therapy or logopaedia.
  • Individuals seat shells or therapy systems often lead the patient exactly to an optimum sitting position. But this very often goes along with tension. Here the AAT Gravity Chair can follow the principle “Tension and Relaxation”. This on the one hand reduces the monotony of sitting, but on the other hand serves the therapeutical aim by stable positioning. This ability may offer an optimal solution for everyday situations, like relocation of the patient. Find out more


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Case Study – 23/11/2015

Name – Guilrem
Age – 5
Condition – Various/Involuntary movement
Product medium Chilli bean
Guilrem spends most of her day in her Trition wheelchair. Parents wanted to have something which they could transfer Guilrem into that would hold her posture as well as allowing her to relax. They loved the Chilli Bean as this is what it allowed, also the fact that it is light enough to carry down to the car and then take it around with them if they wanted to visit family. The chilli bean allowed Guilrem to be involved with the family and also give mum and dad a break from constantly holding their daughter or watching her on the floor. We sat Guilrem in the Chilli bean for 30 mins and she really started to relax.


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