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
Q U A L I T Y
New Classic Color & Design
Equipment looks less “therapeutic” and complements one’s home décor.
Soft, Skin-Like, & Durable
Firm & Plastic-Like
Special Tomato Sitters are peel and tear resistant and do not crack.
Directly related to the manufacturer’s level of confidence in the durability of the product; the longer warranty the better!
A T T R I B U T E S
5-point - with Padded Fabric Cushioning
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
Special Tomato's Contoured head support supports the natural curvature of the trunk and spine.
Promotes leg separation and neutral hip alignment.
Attach Special Tomato Sitters to standard chairs at a restaurant, school, relative’s house, etc
B A S E
Mobile Base Offering Tilt
Special Tomato Sitters allow tilt positioning up to 25 degrees, thus minimizing the effects of gravity on head and trunk control.
ALL 5 SIZES
Medium, Large & X-Large Sizes ONLY
Facilitates mobility of the lower extremities and makes transporting the system easier.
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.