One disadvantage of wheelchair seating is that it doesn’t move. As a result, the child doesn’t move – unless they move out of an optimal position. Lack of movement leaves the child in a static sitting position for extended periods of time. This can lead to range of motion losses, increased pressure, agitation, fatigue, and discomfort. Movement, on the other hand, can decrease agitation, increase alertness, provide sensory stimulation, relieve pressure, provide active range of motion at joints, and make the child more comfortable. Children who can move in their seating system are more likely to tolerate sitting longer.
Read more of this article by Michelle L. Lange, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS as published in Exceptional Parent, May 25, 2018.