What are Wedge Cushions and how do they work?
A Wedge Cushion is an air-filled cushion that when sat on tilts the pelvis forward slightly, enhancing the inward curve of the lower back and encouraging the user to sit more upright.
This encouragement to sit properly and correctly reduces strain on the body’s joints and ligaments which in turn helps the proprioceptive sense (which has receptors in the skin, muscles, joints & ligaments). The proprioceptive sense is our sense of body awareness and is key to sensory processing. Many children with an impaired sense of proprioception suffer from Sensory Processing Disorder and are sensory seeking, making sitting and concentrating on a task very difficult.
By improving posture and encouraging “active” sitting with a wedge cushion children can sit and stay focussed for longer as body awareness is improved the need to fidget reduced.
Our wedge cushions are made from flexible PVC free material that contains no latex or Phthalates. They have a small valve in the back so the cushion can easily be inflated by blowing directly into the valve (they don’t take much to blow up) or using a bike pump or any other type of pump. The cushion can be inflated as much or as little as required so the child can sit comfortably. We don’t recommend over inflating as this causes a bulge and the cushion loses it wedge shape. This can make it uncomfortable to sit on (thus reducing its effectiveness) and may cause the valve stopper to fly out if the cushion is sat on with force. The cushion should just be partially inflated so it retains it wedge shape when sat on.
The wedge cushion has raised dimples on the surface for tactile input – or can be turned over if this is not required. Wedge cushions are normally used on a chair, such as a classroom or dining room chair. We do not recommend they are used on a soft chair such as a sofa. They can be used on the floor to sit on or stand on the practice balance.
Available in Junior and Senior sizes and with process starting at £12.95 + VAT the wedge cushion is a cost effective and invaluable addition to any home, classroom or clinic.
Junior 26cm x 26cm. Ages 3-10 years. £12.95 + VAT
Senior 35cm x 35cm Age 8 upwards. £16.95 + VAT