This is Sadie trying out her friend's Happy Chair...this chair doesn't meet Sadie's needs
She gave me all the information and got me a phone number and the next week I called the A.D.A.P.T. Shop through Southwest Human Development. The Adapt Shop helps children with special needs by creating adaptations to their equipment to help them function better. And a Physical Therapist named Gayle has started working there to make these Happy Chairs out of foam and plastic.
The Happy Chair is made specially for each kiddo to meet the kid's needs. It supports them where they need support, and doesn't where they don't. It's purpose is to strengthen muscles and to increase the trunk control so that independent sitting can be achieved. And they're free!!
(Here's a video clip from the local news showing these Happy Chairs, and actually showcases our friends who we saw that one day at Michelle's who told us about the Happy Chairs!)
It took until February for someone to call me to set up a time to come measure and evaluate Sadie. Then I was told it would take 4-6 weeks for the technician to actually build the chair for Sadie out of foam. But like with anything in the special needs world, we were prepared to be patient.
But, it was really hard to be patient for our Happy Chair because we were so excited.
Well, yesterday Gayle came back over and delivered our Happy Chair. And it's as amazing as it's supposed to be.
|Sadie's new Happy Chair|
|Sadie's first try in her own Happy Chair|
|Look how straight and big she's sitting!! And she did this for about 30 minutes!|
By the time Sadie turns 3, I want her to be sitting independently. And I think she can do it, too!
Sitting independently means potty training, it means baths, it means showers!, it means roller coasters!!! It's kind of a big deal! I will keep you posted for sure as we use our Happy Chair more and more.
Now...how do I decorate this thing???