Jenx is the top contender in the race of businesses dedicated to producing quality development equipment for children. The company holds expertise in manufacturing equipment for paediatric therapy for children with special postural support. Recommended by physiotherapists and carers, Bee by Jenx is designed to appeal toddlers and their families. Perfect for playful activities and gentle introduction to supported seating, this seater by Jenx is sure to comfort the children throughout. It helps them in maintaining posture and assist in rehab therapy.
The Bee range includes a choice of 4 different bases – from simple and affordable fixed-height options through to fully adjustable multi-height designs. This ensures that young children can have access to activities at every height necessary to maximise engagement with parents/carers/peers.
Hip and pelvic position is critical as it provides the foundation upon which a child’s overall posture is based. Once the pelvis is secure, the feet can be supported, either by resting freely on the support surface or held in position with sandals. The Bee can be adjusted easily to increase function, relaxation or activity, plus features such as Recline, where the angle at the hips is increased, or Tilt-in-Space, where the whole system is tilted in space whilst maintaining the individual joint postures, offer real flexibility for children, carers and therapists.
Every Bee seating system has flip-away PU support pads that are included as standard for hip support aswell as available in two sizes for optional trunk support. The Bee hip supports ensure easy transfers by having an easy, single-handed flip away action and are made from PU that contains an antimicrobial agent. These supports are fully flexible, easy to clean and impervious to fluids making them simple, hygienic and robust.
To help provide a stable base for sitting, it’s important that the whole of a child’s thigh is supported. The Bee seating system has a range of leg positioning accessories to ensure the optimal leg positioning, whilst the range of adjustment on the Bee itself is wide enough to also provide the option of long sitting for very young children or the use of a long leg sitting accessory for older children. Long sitting can be valuable in helping to maintain length of the muscles of the back of the thigh and this helps to enable children to straighten their legs fully and makes standing up straight and stepping much easier and more efficient.
The long leg sitting conversion also has an adjustable abduction block that supports your child’s legs and maintains abduction at the hips, whilst standard abduction blocks provide different levels of abducted seating and the easy to use knee block can help in creating abduction or adduction or controlling windsweeping.
To achieve a good postural seating position, the head and neck need to be in a central positioning. Head support should aim to keep the neck straight and the chin lifted slightly to enable interaction with the surrounding environment and peers. A good supporting head position can facilitate: –
All types of interaction
– Greater awareness of what’s happening around them
– Concentration skills (speech, listening, focus on activities)
– Functional motor skills
– Respiration and digestion
– Better visibility of (and therefore interest in) immediate environment
– Maintenance of correct posture therefore preventing postural deformities
The Bee Seating system has a flat headrest included as standard, which is suitable for children who require only minimal head support, however for those who require a much greater support, the Jenx Multigrip™ headrest is a unique and pioneering design. Within the padded and washable cover are “fingers” that can be moved and moulded to create an infinite variety of support shapes that can control ATNR, help with feeding, address the problems of unilateral inattention and many other problems faced by the children who use Bee. Multigrip™ head supports are available in a range of different sizes, all including a choice of highly flexible fixingbrackets, giving adjustment for height, depth and angle. Exclusively to the Jenx Bee, Multigrip™ technology is also available as a highly flexible shoulder protractor too.
A stable and comfortable sitting position requires a well supported trunk to provide symmetry of the skeleton and pelvic stability. Thoracic supports on the Bee hold the child’s body at the side of the chest to help to maintain a symmetrical position and to help the child to sit up straight. The supports can be adjusted for height; each support can be adjusted individually as children may need support to be higher on one side than on the other. The supports can be adjusted for distance away from each other, as well as angle and the supports can also be flipped out of the way to help with transfers.
To provide gentle trunk support to children with low tone, the Jenx waistcoat harness is easy to use – made to attach, detach and flip away in seconds with a single hand. The zip is purposefully installed upside down, allowing access to abdominal feeding sites while maintaining good upper trunk control. A soft fabric surface against the child, with a wipe-clean front, make it both effective and practical for positioning support and for during feeding.
Hygiene Benefits of PU
All the support pads on the Bee are made from polyurethane. Polyurethane, or PU is a highly flexible and versatile material used across many elements in the Jenx range. Impervious to fluids and containing an antimicrobial agent, it is easy to clean and ideal from a hygiene, and infection control point of view.
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