In the seated posture, Natalia's pelvis falls into posterior pelvic tilt due to low tone. This results in a kyphosis of the thoracic and cervical areas of the spine. Her head sits forward and tilts down, so mouth closure is difficult for Natalia and she salivates excessively. This head position also means that communication is difficult, and Natalia cries frequently. If she wishes to hold her head up, the kyphosis of the cervical spine means Natalia has to hyper-extend her neck to achieve this. This causes fatigue and discomfort.
Although Natalia can sit unsupported, the length of time is limited by her low muscle tone, and her upper limb function is reduced by her kyphotic position.
Natalia requires a seating system which can support her pelvis securely in a more neutral (upright) position, reducing the curvature of her trunk, and improving her head position and upper limb function.
Natalia’s pelvis was supported in a more upright posture by the Pelvic Cradle and the ability of KIT’s sacral pad to be adjusted proximally to her pelvis. The lumbar and shoulder sections of KIT were positioned further back to accommodate the curve of Natalia’s trunk and prevent it from being pushed forward. Natalia also gained some anterior support from the chest pad.
This resulted not only in better trunk alignment, but increased mouth closure, an improved swallowing pattern, more communicative babble and gesture, and Natalia seemed visibly happier in her surroundings.