This one offers a tray attachment, but it looks huge.
So I google “Special Tomato” because someone somewhere on the Internet has one and I remember the name. Well, that brings up an entire website of adaptive, positional seating–it’s like Pandora’s box of ugly medical crap. And it is ugly. I swear that if I ever get to the point where I’m making money instead of spending it, I’m going to to do two things: one, start a scholarship fund for parents who want to pursue alternative treatments for their children and two, design some medical fabric that doesn’t make me want to barf. I mean, even the stuff that’s less ugly is still pretty unattractive. The Special Tomato is actually getting cuter so that’s a plus. It comes with a LOT of options, though, and since I don’t have a crystal ball, I don’t know what a good option would be for us. I know I need a tray–do I want a tall seat or a low one? Do I want a wheeled base? Do I want it to be more portable or more integrated into our home life? THERE ARE TOO MANY OPTIONS! And, of course, there’s no way to test it out or even better, to test out multiple options to see what would be best for you. I’m going to makes some calls tomorrow, but my PT didn’t know of a place that handled kid’s equipment and my Internet search yielded nothing as well. Ahhhh, the south. I’m going to have to make a thousand dollar decision based on some teeny-tiny Internet pictures and manufacturer-provided descriptions.
This one doesn’t have a tray but can be put on a regular seat at a table.
So there you go: I’ve got research to do on seating options. The eval has spurred me on and I’m going to try to integrate reading books into our daily routine a little more. I’ve got our usual seven appointments a week. I’ve got ABR hours to get in. I’m still doing research on alternatives to Phenobarb. And, I don’t know if you’ve heard this, but there are only so many hours in the day.