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Understanding Special Tomato vs. Tumble Forms

Tim Bergeron is the founder and original designer of the Special Tomato Product Line which was launched in 2001.  Tim’s ambition to design adaptive equipment was inspired by his daughter, Carrie Bergeron.  Carrie was born with Down syndrome and Tim wanted more than anything to help her live a comfortable life. “The Special Tomato” summarizes what Tim believes most parents feel about their child with special needs. “Every child is special in their own unique way. It’s a parent’s job to facilitate their child’s growth in a way that includes them equally within the family and community.”  


For children with disabilities, adaptive equipment can play an important role in helping them function at home, in school, and in the community.  Tim understands the importance of adaptive equipment and he has spent nearly a decade designing equipment under the Special Tomato brand name.

At first glance, you may think that the Special Tomato Soft-Touch Sitters and the Tumble Forms Feeder Seats are the same product.  There are differences between the seating systems and the chart below is intended to highlight the similarities and differences so that you can make an informed decision for your child or client. 

Special Tomato Soft-Touch Sitters VS. Tumble Forms Feeder Seats
    Special Tomato Sitters Tumble Forms
Feeder Seats
Therapeutic Implication
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New Classic
Color & Design
YES NO Equipment looks less “therapeutic” and complements one’s home décor.
Material Soft, Skin-Like, & Durable Firm & Plastic-Like Special Tomato Sitters are peel and tear resistant and do not crack.
Warranty 5 YEARS 3 Years Directly related to the manufacturer’s level of confidence in the durability of the product; the longer warranty the better!
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Harness Style 5-point - with Padded Fabric Cushioning 4-Point A 5 point harness provides a crotch strap that helps position the hips in the seat
Anti-Thrust
Seat Surface
ALL 5 SIZES Small & Medium Sizes ONLY Helps keep the hips positioned back in the seat and often improves sitting posture.
Lateral Head
& Trunk Support
Contoured Planir Special Tomato's Contoured head support supports the natural curvature of the trunk and spine.
Abductor YES YES Promotes leg separation and neutral hip alignment.
Attachment Straps YES NO Attach Special Tomato Sitters to standard chairs at a restaurant, school, relative’s house, etc
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Mobile Base
Offering Tilt
YES NO Special Tomato Sitters allow tilt positioning up to 25 degrees, thus minimizing the effects of gravity on head and trunk control.
Mobile Base ALL 5 SIZES Medium, Large & X-Large Sizes ONLY Facilitates mobility of the lower extremities and makes transporting the system easier.
Tilt Base YES YES Attach to standard chairs at a restaurant, school, relative’s house, etc



Please contact me or one of the other customer service representatives if you have any questions about the Special Tomato Soft-Touch Sitters or the Tumble Forms Feeder Seats. 

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With Patience and Understanding,



Sitter

Comparison

Inside Seat Depth Inside Seat Back Height Inside Seat Width Target Height Target Weight

Special Tomato

Soft-Touch Sitter Size 1

7" (17.5 cm) 21" (52.5 cm) 8" (20 cm) 30-35" (75-87.5 cm) 20-30 lbs. (9-14 kg)
Tumble Forms Feeder Seat Small 8" (20 cm) 18" (46 cm) 7.75" (18.7 cm) 30-36" (91-107 cm) 20-40lbs. (9-18 kg)

Special Tomato

Soft-Touch Sitter Size 2

9.5" (23.75 cm) 26" (65 cm) 10" (25 cm) 35-48" (87.5-120 cm) 30-60 lbs. (14-27 kg)
Tumble Forms Feeder Seat Medium 9.5" (24 cm) 23" (58.5 cm) 9" (22.8 cm) 36-48" (107-127 cm)& 40-60lbs. (18-27 kg)

Special Tomato

Soft-Touch Sitter Size 3

11.5" (28.75 cm) 29" (72.5 cm) 12" (30 cm) 40-56" (100-140 cm) 40-80lbs. (18-36 kg)
Tumble Forms Feeder Seat Large 13.25" (33 cm) 29" (73 cm) 12.5" (31.7 cm) 48-60" (122-153 cm) 40-80 lb (18-36 kg)

Special Tomato

Soft-Touch Sitter Size 4

13.5" (33.75 cm) 35" (87.5 cm) 14" (35 cm) 50-65" (125-162.5 cm) 50-110lbs.(23-50 kg)
Tumble Forms Feeder Seat Extra Large 16.5" (42 cm) 35" (89 cm) 15" (38 cm) 54-72" (137-183 cm) 60-200 lb (27-91 kg)

Special Tomato

Soft-Touch Sitter Size 5

16" (40 cm) 39" (97.5 cm) 16" (40 cm) 54-74" (135-185 cm) 90-200lbs. (41-91kg)