Moving to Chairs Safely

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Watch your children with CVI move to get into a chair. So often I see this done tactilely. They turn and backup slowly until they feel the chair seat against the back of their legs. I have had great luck working with the PT to help children understand where the chair is in space and how to move their body into the seated position. Here is one example. Just by placing red tape on the arms of the chair, we can teach the child to hold the red highlighted area to stabilize their body and to turn to sit. As they improve their skills, we will able to reduce the size of the color highlighting and finally remove it. We have also talked about highlighting just one armrest for the child to cross midline, hold, turn and sit.

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