Restricted Growth is normally defined into two groups:
- Disproportionate short stature (DSS) is characterised by particularly short arms and legs.
- Proportionate short stature (PSS) is an overall lack of growth and development in body, arms and legs.
There are over 400 conditions that cause Restricted Growth, with over 200 categories and Achondroplasia being the most common.
Although some Restricted Growth individuals suffer health problems, many experience a normal healthy life with the only signs being short stature. For many individuals daily living is the biggest obstacle to overcome with everyday tasks such as sitting at a dining table, daily chores, reaching high up shelves, and inclusion within a school or work environment.
If the Restricted Growth individual has a slight functional impairment, such as accessibility, fatigue or participation, a customised chair can facilitate everyday activities:
- Greater safety and peace of mind: Individuals with restricted growth can climb into the chair, using the footrest when the chair's central brake is activated. This also ensures that the chair remains stationary when the child stands up and sits down. The armrests also provide safety and peace of mind, as the child can use them to lower him- or herself calmly into the chair. It also makes the child will feel securely encompassed when undertaking activities and when using the electric height adjustment.