Frequent adjustment for daily use (therapists/ carers/parents)
Parents and carers should be shown how to make frequent adjustments and made aware of the safety checks by a technically and clinically competent person who has been trained in the use of the product. Leckey recommend that a written record is maintained of all parent and carers who have been trained in the use of this product.
Transferring your child into and out of the seat
Before transferring the child into the seat carry out the daily product inspection. Adjust the seat to a comfortable height to facilitate transfer. Lock all the castors, ensuring that they are facing outwards to maximise product stability. Make sure the safety buckle on the chest harness is released and is out of the way to facilitate transfer. Unclip the pelvic harness in the middle and allow the harness to open out to facilitate transfer. Lastly if sandals are fitted open the straps. You are now ready to transfer or hoist the child into the seat.
Always secure the pelvic harness first before fastening other buckles or harnesses. Adjust the harness so the child cannot slide or creep forward in the seat.
Adjusting the Pelvic Harness
The correct positioning and tensioning of the pelvic harness is key to a child’s postural management affecting their comfort and ability to achieve functional goals. Please ask your therapist as to the correct tensioning of straps for your child as this is critical to good postural management. To tension the pelvic straps and pads around the child pull the centre strap (A). Pull the two side straps(B) up to fine tune the pelvic position and adjust the height of the pads on the hips.
Check the harness regularly to ensure the child is safe and cannot slide forward in the seat.
The Squiggles Seat is designed to fit onto a range of chassis. This user manual shows the correct and safe use of the seating system with the Leckey Hi low and Easy chassis. For all other chassis or bases please refer to the manufacturer’s handbook. To prepare the chassis for the seating system we recommend that you raise the chassis to a comfortable working height by pressing the foot lever shown.
Height adjustment – Hi Low chassis
You can carry out this adjustment with the child in the chair. To adjust the height of the Hi low chassis press the foot lever (A) at the rear of the chassis whilst holding the push handle (B). Once you remove your foot from the pedal the seat will be fixed at the chosen height. For safety the height adjustment pedal on the chassis can be locked by engaging the pull pin (C) on the right hand side of the pedal. To unlock pull the pin out and rotate 90 degrees, the pedal can then be operated. The locking pin (C) should be kept in the locked position when you are not adjusting the chassis.
Always keep the locking pin engaged when you are not adjusting the chassis. This will prevent the foot pedal being operated accidentially.
Height adjustment - Easy chassis
The height of the easy chassis should be set before putting the child in the seat. To adjust the height loosen the ratchet handle (A) at the rear of the main stem and adjust the seat to the required height. To lower the seat height, apply weight centrally on the seat base above the center stem. Re-tighten the ratchet handle to secure. Check the ratchet handle regularly to ensure the seat height adjustment is secure. Do not height adjust with the child in the seat.
Chest and trunk harness adjustment
If the child requires chest support as part of their postural support programme the seat will be fitted with rigid laterals or a combination of laterals, chest harnesses and trunk harness. These may need to be adjusted on a daily basis to accommodate differences in clothing. Always check with your therapist as to the optimum positioning and tensioning of the straps and support items for the child. To change the width of the chest harness, lift the front cover, adjust the Velcro straps and set to the desired width. When the correct width has been achieved replace the cover. Please refer to section 10 for specific guidance on adjusting the trunk harness. Always make sure the plastic buckles are fully engaged when using the chest harness.
Check the harness and laterals are secure to ensure the child is safe and cannot slide forward in the seat as this may restrict their breathing.
Tilt in space
The tilt in space can be angled while the user is in the seat. Before you adjust the tilt-inspace angle of the seat always ensure the pelvic harness is secured preventing the user from sliding forward in the seat. The collar (B) should always be in the locked position when the seat is in use. To actuate the lever(C) first unlock the collar (B) by rotating it until it clicks into the open position. Press the lever down and set to the desired angle holding the handle bar throughout. Re-lock the locking collar after you have set the tilt position. Always keep the collar (B) in the locked position to prevent accidental actuation of the lever which could cause the seat unit to jolt and possibly cause injury to the child. Please use handle bars when operating tilt in space.
Always check with your therapist that the use of “tilt in space” will not cause any obstructions to the child’s airways.
To position the user’s feet in the sandals secure the Velcro straps provided so the foot is held in place. The straps should be placed over the bridge of the foot and over the toes. If the child is wearing sandals or light footwear check the straps to make sure the webbing does not irritate the skin.
The activity tray can be used for a range of functions and its position can be fine tuned to suit the user and the activity whether it is for fun, education or feeding. The tray is attached to the seat by inserting the tubes into the receiving brackets. Once the tray is located in position the knob (A) should be tightened securely. To height adjust the tray loosen knob (B), set to the required position and then retighten securely. To angle adjust the tray, loosen knob (C), set to the required angle and then retighten securely. Do not adjust the horizontal bars beyond the moulding, except when you are removing the tray.
Always use caution to ensure the childs hands or arms do not become trapped when inserting the tray. Never use the tray to steer or push the chair. Always use caution to ensure fingers do not become trapped it the slot when height adjusting the tray. Do not place hot objects on the tray, greater than 40 degrees Celsius. Please note that the tray is for the use of the user only. Do not lean or place heavy objects on the tray greater than 8kgs (17.6lbs).