One of my colleagues with a hypermobile third-grader told me this chair has been a great chair at school for her child. It hits a lot of my targets for a good chair recommendation, so here it is: The Giantex chair.
Why do I like it so much?
- It is a bit adaptable and it is sized for kids. No chair fits every child, but the more you can adjust a chair, the more likely you are to provide good supportive seating. This chair is a good balance of adaptability and affordability. My readers know I am not a fan of therapy balls as seating for homework when a child is hypermobile. Here’s why: Should Hypermobile Kids Sit On Therapy Balls For Schoolwork?
- It isn’t institutional. Teachers, parents, and especially kids, get turned off by chairs that look like medical equipment. This looks like a regular chair, but when adjusted correctly, it IS medical equipment, IMPO.
- It’s affordable. The child I described got it paid for by her school district to use in her classroom, but this chair is within the budget of some families. They can have two; one at school and one at home for homework or meals. Most kids aren’t too eager to use a Tripp Trapp chair after 6 or 7. That chair is a hit with many therapists, but it’s untraditional looks bother a lot of older children. This chair isn’t going to turn them off as easily. It gives better back support as well: Why Using a Chair Correctly is SO Difficult for Hypermobile Kids and Adults
- This chair looks like it would last through some growth. I tell every parent that they only thing I can promise you is that your child will grow. Even the kids with genetic disorders that affect growth will grow larger eventually. This chair should fit kids from 8-12 years of age in most cases. The really small ones or the really tall ones? Maybe not, but the small ones will grow into it, and the tall kids probably fit into a smaller adult chair now, or in the near future.
For comparison, read about a desk chair that has a footrest: Need A Desk Chair With a Footrest For Your Hypermobile Kid? .
If you would like more posts on helping hypermobile kids, read Why Joint Protection Solutions for Hypermobility Aren’t Your Granny’s Joint Protection Strategies, How To Correctly Reposition Your Child’s Legs When They “W-Sit” and When Writing Hurts: The Hypermobile Hand.
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