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Seating and Posture

How we sit is important to enabling us to do our best work. We all know about correct posture - feet flat, bottom back, etc as well as the importance of correct chair and table heights. The following items are chosen to assist with this. There are also options for children with low muscle tone who need postural support and stability. The other aspect to consider with seating and posture is that some children need movement to maintain their attention. Some of the seating options below are chosen because they enable children to wriggle and move while staying in their seat!


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  • All Care Air Cushion

    $36.00
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    Children can sit, stand and lie on their tummies on the Air Cushion. It can be used to help meet many goals:

    * It can be used to promote concentration and sitting posture during mat time and/or at the desk.

    * Children can lie on their tummies and work on postural control and muscle tone through body extension activities.

    * By doing activities, eg ball skills, in high-kneeling or standing, children can develop balance and postural control.

    Ticks a lot of boxes! The Air Cushion is 33cm diameter, comes in blue, and has a different tactile finish on each surface.

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  • AllCare PowerLoop


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    The PowerLoop is a strong loop band that can be used as a versatile exercise tool to help strengthen muscles. All loops are 4.5mm thick and 100cm in length. We have 2 levels of resistance for two different purposes. 

    Red  For optimum resistance activities for children and teens. 13mm wide

    Black This is a brilliant option to wrap around chair or desk legs for kids and teens to use as a foot fidget for self-regulation. Strong and durable but with enough elasticity to provide good proprioceptive feedback. This can be used for any style chair or desk leg. 22mm wide.

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  • Angled or Slope Boards


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    Angled Boards (or slope boards) help children to maintain an upright sitting posture and a more extended wrist position while writing. An angled writing surface is highly recommended by Occupational Therapists and Optometrists. Skillbuilders Angled Boards are made of strong, clear perspex with a metal clip. They are designed at a 20 degree recommended angle. Small rubber stoppers at the base prevent movement. They are designed to be lightweight and portable, without compromising strength and stability.

    The regular size is 33cm wide x 40cm deep (the width is the base edge closest to the child).

    The large size is 50cm wide x 40cm deep. 

    Extra features:

    * Tracing slope boards have an extra layer of perspex. You can slide worksheets, tracing mazes, etc between the two layers so children can practice the activity with a whiteboard marker before doing it 'for real' on the paper! 

    * The Collapsible Angled Board provides another option which can be folded flat for easier storage.

    * Introducing our new 'STORAGE ANGLED BOARDS'. These boards double as a desk and drawer, with the writing surface being the lid. They are 40cm wide - a width to provide a practical storage space, but not too wide to be too heavy. We have made them in a glass-like black so that children aren't visually distracted by the contents inside. Storage Boards are only available for local pick-up.

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  • Animal Lap Bag


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    An appealing version of the weighted lapbag is the Animal Lap Bag. These come filled with poly pellets so they are machine washable. Comes in a choice of designs - dog, cat or duck. Ears are useful as an extra fidget option! Weight of 1.5 kg.


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  • Bilibo


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    Bilibo is a new award-winning toy which stimulates childrens' imaginations as they explore the many ways they can have fun with this simple and ingenious toy. The Bilibo can be used to sit in, on, under, climb on, be a turtle shell, a bucket, or a hat. A bit like watching the delight children get from playing with a cardboard box, with the added benefits to postural control, balance, and motor planning. Available in red, blue, green, orange, pink, yellow.

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  • Bloom Stools


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    'Move to Learn' with the Bloom Stool - the clever design allows movement for children while they stay seated. Children can self-regulate by moving as much as they need to so that they can maintain their attention. Movement stimulates a nice, upright sitting posture which also stimulates attention and arousal.

    * Ideal for use in schools, libraries, breakout areas 
    * Easy to move
    * Robust
    * Rubber seat surface
    * Easy to clean

    OPTIONS (we recommend measuring against your desk to ensure a good fit)
    • 310mm High 
    • 370mm High 
    • 450mm High 
    • 520mm High 
    As a basic guideline, 310mm for kindergarten, 370mm for lower primary, 450mm for upper primary and 520mm for high school/adult, however this varies with the child's height and the height of the desk.

    WARRANTY

    10 Years

    AVAILABLE COLOURS

    Standard

    Red GumMandarinBlue
    Please email us your colour choice if you're ordering 310mm or 520mm as we get these in to order.

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  • Bottoms Up Comfort Seat


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    A quality sculptured seat cushion allowing children to sit well for meals and homework. Two sizes - medium (2-8 years), small (for highchairs). Made from 'leather-feel' vinyl. The Bottoms-Up cushion is scalloped to support the bottom and legs in a nice, stable position. Ideal for raising children to a better height at the dinner table.

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  • Core Strength Fun Deck

    $29.95
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    Do you want to improve your child's trunk and upper body strength, hand use, and manipulation skills? Use the Upper Body and Core Strength Fun Deck to teach controlled use and stability of a child's trunk, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, and fingers. These skills build an important foundation to help children complete everyday tasks successfully. The content cards present a developmental progression of movements (unilateral and bilateral) focusing on trunk and shoulder use, coordination activities, and fine motor skills.
    This Fun Deck includes 52 double-sided cards. The card front presents an upper body activity with a large picture illustration, and the other side describes the movement activity with a smaller picture. It also includes four additional content cards providing game ideas, instructions, and a list of activity titles. The 52 cards measure 8cm x 13cm and come in a colourful tin.

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  • Disc 'o' Sit Cushion


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    The Disc 'O' Sit Cushion provides children with the movement they need while staying seated! A round inflated rubber seating cushion which is great for promoting correct seated posture, and/or for providing sensory input during seating for sensory regulation.  Ideal for mat time as well as for desk work. May be used as a stepping stone in gross motor activities.  A benefit of the disc'o'sit cushion, compared to other options, is that the amount of inflation can be adjusted by simply removing the stopper to release air, or blow air in, and replacing the stopper. Adult disc diameter 39cm. Junior disc diameter 32cm.

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  • Gym Balls


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    Strong durable gym balls for core strength and postural stability.

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  • Gymnic Physio Roll/ Peanut


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    The 'peanut roll' or 'physio-roll' is essentially two balls joined together to create a tool which allows for a great variety of uses and a higher stability as against the standard single ball. Ideal to use for balance, muscle tone and coordination activities for children and adults. Therapists can also sit on the ball and support movement patterns and positioning.
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  • HowdaHug Seat


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    Skillbuilders is an exclusive distributor of the HowdaHug seats in Australia. The HowdaHug seats have been around for a long time for adults, but are newly available to children. They're designed as a recreational/camping chair which rolls up easily for storage. However, they are a fantastic option for kids at mat time! Movement seekers can get that bit of vestibular input they need by rocking. Extra proprioception is provided by the way the seat 'hugs' the body. The HowdaHug is also a very practical way to provide postural support to the child with low muscle tone. The HowdaHug seat is available in 3 sizes.

    The Petite is 33cm wide and 33cm high (for children approx 3-6 years)

    The Howda2 is 35cm wide and 40cm high (for children approx 5-10yrs, children with tall, slim build)

    The HowdaHug is 40.5cm wide and 40cm high (for children approx 7-12 yrs)

    Larger adult sizes are available as well on request. There are small, medium, and large sizes (ranging from 40-48cm wide, and 36-39cm high)

    Carry Bags are also available.

    The HowdaHugs are popular in schools particularly for children with SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder), Autism spectrum disorders and Attention Deficit Disorder. As quoted by a teacher working with students with special needs:

    The HowdaHUG chair has been well received by students in my young autism class. It helps them sit and attend during floor time group activities. It also has been very helpful during individual work times to get them focused and reduce elopement. It allows for sensory breaks through rocking and pushing without needing to transition away from the work area.

    PLEASE NOTE - Howdahugs are in high demand! So, sometimes we are out of stock and it can be hard to keep up! Please go ahead and pre-order and we will get your seat to you ASAP.


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  • Jari ActiveStool


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    It is impossible to actually sit still on a Jari Activstool, no lying back, and definitely no slouching. With a rotating convex base and a swiveling seat,  Jari forms one leg of a stable tripod, your own legs provide the other two parts. That means you are constantly flexing, adjusting and moving; the ideal way to stay focussed and concentrate.

    But the coolest thing about Jari Activstool is that it is gas height adjustable. The stool grows with you! This also means it fits a huge range of students and just about any application:

    • Classrooms

    • Libraries

    • Study groups

    • Open spaces

    • Collaborative learning

    • Behind a desk or on its own

    No longer do you need various sizes of stools to suit the range of your student population, Jari Activstool adjusts to suit almost everyone in a senior school environment, right up to adult size. The height range is 400-500mm so also suitable for upper primary.



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  • Move n Sit Cushion


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    The Move n Sit cushion is a triangular wedge shaped cushion designed to promote correct seated posture. The wedge shape is particularly helpful for children who have low muscle tone and tend to sit with a slumped posture. These cushions are also an effective way to provide children with regulating sensory input whilst they remain seated.

    Adult cushion measures 36cm x 36cm
    Junior cushion measures 26cm x 26cm

    Extra plug sets are available if needed.

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  • Scooter Boards


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    Scooter boards are brilliant for developing all sorts of fundamental movement skills. They are an essential item for therapy and can be used in a multitude of ways. Scooterboard 'work' helps children develop postural stability, strength, motor planning skills, bilateral coordination, and more. And above all, kids love them. At home they provide a great way to build therapy goals into daily activities, eg 'bath time' can mean time to get on the scooter to go through the house to the bathroom! So much more fun!

    We have a small and large size available, there are connectors which enable two scooters to be joined together for train rides, etc, and the scooterboard paddles are another great idea to really build on upper body strength and bilateral coordination.

    Small scooter boards are 29cm square

    Large scooter boards are 40cm square.

    Colours - Small scooterboards are available in primary colours. The large ones are in primary colours as well as purple and orange. If you have a particular colour in mind please send us an email after you order - info@skillbuilders.com.au.

    These scooter boards are strong and stable, made with durable moulded plastic and good quality castors.

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  • Senseez Vibrating Cushions


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    Skillbuilders is pleased to introduce the Senseez Cushions.

    These colourful, lightweight, fun-shaped vinyl pillows offer a gentle vibration when they are squeezed or sat on, relaxing, calming, and soothing the body.

    With Senseez, kids who have difficulty concentrating or sitting still can be better able to focus at home and in school.

    Use them in quiet restaurants! Keep all travellers happy for long car rides! Let energetic readers dive into their stories!

    The vinyl material makes Senseez easy to keep clean all day and they are small enough to take anywhere - made just for little bottoms!

    ** Senseez are not waterproof and should never be used around water or be submerged in water. The small vibration pouch is accessible by a zipper and runs on D batteries (not included). This emits a quiet sound that may not be suitable for noise-sensitive children. 

    Recommended age: 3 and up.


    Also introducing the new SENSEEZ SOCCER BALLS!! Bound to be appealing for some of our soccer lovers.

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  • Sensory Seat Tactile Mat

    $39.00
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    This is a fantastic new idea from Sensory University. The Sensory Seat Pad is a bit like the disc'o'sit cushion, without the inflation. So children can have the extra tactile sensory input they need for calming, without the movement, if that's what works best for them.

    This is a great idea for helping children attain and maintain focus at mat time, at the desk, and at the dinner table.

    It's 32cm diameter and has a little velco strap so that it can be hooked up when not in use.

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  • Sit n Gym Ball Chairs


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    The Gymnic Sit'n'Gym Ball with Feet is made to promote circulation for greater attention and alertness. Ages 3 years and up depending on size  Made of super strong latex-free vinyl material and is surface washable. The Sit' n' Gym ball has little feet to prevent them from rolling away when you stand up.  Widely used in European kindergartens and classrooms, the Sit N Gym encourages dynamic sitting through gentle body movements. This increases the child's attention span and is conducive to better learning. It also promotes an upright body alignment for better posture. Provides all of the ergonomic seating benefits of the regular exercise ball, but stays put when not in use.  While you sit, the feet collapse for maximum instability.  Once you get up, the feet snap back so that the ball remains in one place. Can also be used as a regular exercise ball. This exercise ball with legs provides an economical way to use your ball as a chair with added stability and flexibility.  

                                           
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  • Stability Disc

    $49.95
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    A similar idea to a disco-sit with a smooth surface on both sides. These cushions are an effective strategy to encourage a child to maintain positioning and attention during mat-time and at the desk.

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  • Stretch n Go Exerciser

    $12.50
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    We've added this option to our range of products as a great option for older kids, whether it be for upper body strengthening, or for tactile and proprioceptive sensory needs. It provides an age appropriate option that feels nice and squishy! 
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  • Therapy Ball Fun Deck

    $27.70
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    Therapy Ball Activities Fun Deck contains 60 fun and creative therapy ball activities which address a wide range of therapeutic goals including upper body and core strength, motor planning, visual perceptual skills, fine motor skills, and sensory input. These cards are divided into four categories: Sitting Activities, Prone (Tummy) Activities, Standing and Other Activities, and Stretching Exercises. Each card front presents an illustration of therapy ball activities. The card back gives the therapeutic benefits, materials, directions, and other tips for using the therapy ball. All in a sturdy storage tin. 

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  • Tools for Schools - Yoga Tool Box

    $33.00
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    On SALE while stocks last - Now $33 (regular price is $43.50)

    Each easy-to-use digital pose card features one or more photographs of children in the pose. The back of each card includes Pose Instructions as well as Fun Tips for Curriculum Integration with activity ideas adaptable for any grade level.

    • 50 Pose Cards with Fun Tips for Curriculum Integration
    • 7 Different Categories Featuring; Calm & Quiet, Energize & Empower, Posture & Flexibility, General Poses, Strength & Confidence, Focus & Concentration, Cooperation & Connection
    • Categories/Cards are Color Coded (Blue, Purple, Pink, Yellow, Green, Orange & Red)
    • Linked index for ease of use.

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  • Weighted Lap Bag 2.5kg

    $49.50
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    Weighted lap bags are a very practical way to provide children with calming deep pressure sensory input in the classroom environment. They can be used to help children maintain their concentration during mat time as well as at the desk for written work. These lap bags are filled with poly pellets and are made in cordoroy with segregated sections to ensure even weight distribution. Poly pellet lap bags can be washed in the washing machine. We also have the Animal Lap Bags for another weighted option.

    Please send us an accompanying email when ordering to advise us of your colour choice - navy blue, royal blue, red or green.

    Available in 1.5kg and 2.5kg and now XL 3kg weights. As a general guideline we tend to advise 1.5kg for under 6 years and 2.5kg for over 6 years, however it really depends on the sensory processing needs of the child. If your child is actively seeking deep pressure sensory input (as opposed to just being calmed by applying deep pressure input), then we recommend the heavier weight.


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  • Yoga for the Classroom - DVD

    $31.00
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    Yoga for the Classroom includes three, fifteen minute yoga-based movement and breathing sequences that can be used in the classroom (or at home) anytime, with every child. Research shows that constructive movement enhances well-being and that conscious breathing helps students to release stress and regulate behaviour. Create an optimal learning environment for your students with YogaKids Tools for Schools: Yoga for the Classroom.

    Yoga helps children to express their energy in a positive way, while improving their posture and flexibility. This tool helps children develop the self-awareness, self-acceptance and self-confidence that are the foundation of exceptional learning and a lifetime of health and wellness.

    Ages 7-12

    Total Running Time: 1 hour 8 minutes

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