Consider consulting an occupational therapist or physiotherapist to collaborate with parents and the medical team in assessing and selecting the most appropriate transportation options.
In the event that the child/youth cannot be safely transported with a commercially available car seat or custom restraint, considerations for selecting a special needs car seat may include:
- Postural issues: Low or high muscle tone
- Orthopedic issues: post-operative casting, spinal curves, hip displacement
- Height and weight: When the child has grown out of commercial restrictions; low weight/size
- Medical conditions: Seizure disorder, tracheostomy, cardiac and respiratory issues
- Behavioural concerns
Note: Some of the special needs equipment products available on the market may not have the National Safety Mark
. These products are still available for purchase in Canada through a dealer or online.
It is always best practice to use a car safety seat/harness with the National Safety Mark before considering a product that has not been approved by Transport Canada.