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close this bookMore with Less: AIDS for Disabled Persons in Daily Life (TOOL, 1993, 93 pages)
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View the documentEating and drinking
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View the documentPersonal care Aids
View the documentClothes which can help disabled people
View the documentCommunication and reading and writing aids for disabled people
View the documentSitting aids for disabled persons
View the documentGames
View the documentAids for the Blind
View the documentGardening
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Sitting aids for disabled persons

Floor table
Corner chair
Jerrycan chair
Special pillow roll
Wedge-shaped belly-board


Floor table

A child can play, eat and write at this table while sitting on the floor. When a half-circle is sawn out of the table top, the child is supported all around.


Corner chair

This corner chair is ideal for a child that has difficulty to remain sitting upright. The base and two side pieces are quarter circles. The side pieces are fixed to the base at a 90 degree angle. If the child is unable to sit with spread legs, a triangular part fixed to the base may help to remain sitting upright.


Jerrycan chair

A child with a poor sitting balance can sit still on the floor in this chair made from a plastic jerrycan. Take care to clean the can well before use so that no traces of poisonous liquids remain.


Special pillow roll

A spastic child can play more comfortably when it is lying on its back supported by this pillow. The head and shoulders of a child with stretching spasms come forward. The child can now easily bring its hands together and grasp a toy. When the child lies on its belly, the pillow roll supports the hunk and chest. Length = about 2 x the child's length.
Diameter = about 1.5 x the child head's diameter. A double piece of cloth is filled with wool, cotton, dried leaves or grass. The ends of the roll are tied together with a string.


Wedge-shaped belly-board

A child who cannot lift up its head or trunk when lying on its belly because of spasticity or muscle weakness can profit from this wedged belly board. When the child is lain on the board with full support up to the armpits, it can freely use its arms for playing. Width = 2 to 3 x the child's width. Length = about 2/3 of the arm's length. One or more holes can be drilled in the middle of the board. A wooden pole or triangle can be placed into the hole to keep the child's legs spread and thus provide more support. If necessary, the board can be padded with latex foam, cotton, grass or leaves.