Special Needs Car Seat Information

Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians with specialized training for children with special needs are available. Please make a request when you schedule an outpatient appointment.

The Indiana Automotive Safety Program states that "All children deserve to be protected as occupants in motor vehicles in restraint systems appropriate for their size and development". However, some children who have certain medical conditions or procedures require special consideration when selecting restraints. Regardless of whether or not a child's medical condition presents short-term or long-term challenges, a child should travel in a restraint system that provides optimum protection. Oftentimes, a conventional child safety seat will meet the safety and positioning needs of a child with special health care needs. Other times, an adaptive or specialized restraint will be necessary.

It is important that your child be evaluated by an Occupational Therapist prior to an appointment with a technician that specializes in transporting children with special healthcare needs. It is preferred to have the occupational therapist that evaluated your child work with your technician prior to the appointment in order to procure the necessary seat.

The following medical conditions and procedures may cause special health care needs and concerns for safe vehicle travel. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list.
  • Low Birth Weight and Premature Infants
  • Orthopedic Conditions
    • Casts (Hip Spica)
    • Developmentally Dislocated Hip (DDH)
    • Halo Traction
    • Osteogenesis Imperfecta
    • Scoliosis
    • Achondroplasia
  • Developmental Delays
    • Down Syndrome
  • Neuromuscular Delays
    • Spinal Muscular Atrophy
    • Cerebral Palsy
    • Hydrocephalus
    • Myeloemengocele or Spina Bifida
  • Low Muscle tone - muscles are contracting less than normal and muscles may feel very loose.
  • High Muscle tone - a child’s muscles are contracting more than normal and muscles are very tight.
  • Respiratory Conditions
    • Apnea
    • Pierre Robin Sequence
    • Tracheostomy
  • Behavioral Challenges
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (severe)
  • Gastrointestinal Conditions
    • Feeding Tubes
    • Obesity
    • Gastroesophageal Reflux

Our Program for transporting children with special healthcare needs is in the process of development at this time, but we will do our best to assist you and make recommendations or referrals as necessary.