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    12yo girl with CP?

    I'm wondering what type of seat my 12yo niece who has Cerebral palsy might need? She's only 58# and has spasticity in muscle tone. She does not have good upper body control and uses a wheelchair. Our truck is not wheelchair-adapted. Would a Frontier 85 work? We're using a Dodge Journey with other seats being used in my sig. Thanks!
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    I am not a tech so I can't say what she needs, but do you know her seated height up to her shoulders.
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    Re: 12yo girl with CP?

    She's 51" tall. Shoulder height not 100% sure, but I'd guess around 16-17"
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    Re: 12yo girl with CP?

    Will this be her main seat or just for occasional use in your vehicle? (i.e. do parents have a w/c van or SN seat?).

    If this is a primary seat, I think I'd be starting the process for a special needs seat. You could buy some traditional seats that would fit a kiddo with a 17" torso, but for a child that old, with long-term need for a harness (i.e. she's not going to be booster ready in a year or 2), a seat with some positioning assistance and longer use would probably make more sense. Now, as for specific seats or how they fit? I only have experience with the Britax Traveler Plus, and it's a beast (I guess most seats to fit big kids will be). It's on the Regent Platform. I'm thinking a Special Tomato might be a little narrower, but that's just my guessing. I have no experience there.

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    Re: 12yo girl with CP?

    Quote Originally Posted by hgpswimmer4 View Post
    I'm wondering what type of seat my 12yo niece who has Cerebral palsy might need? She's only 58# and has spasticity in muscle tone. She does not have good upper body control and uses a wheelchair. Our truck is not wheelchair-adapted. Would a Frontier 85 work? We're using a Dodge Journey with other seats being used in my sig. Thanks!

    Is your niece able to stand/bear weight/step up? The body mechanics of transferring 60lbs in/out of vehicle, especially one that is tall can be dangerous to both caregiver and child.

    The only way to know if the Frontier would work would be to measure shoulder height and then try it. She might already be too tall. It might or might not provide enough lateral/trunk support.

    What is her usual seat? Or is she transported in her w/c. If she's transported in her w/c, it might make more sense to borrow the accessible vehicle. (Of course, 3 across in the back of most minivans is not an easy task either.)

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