Convaid | R82 will be the featured guest on next week’s episode of Autism Live, an interactive web talk show hosted by Shannon Penrod that provides support, resources, information, facts, entertainment and inspiration to parents, teachers and practitioners working with children on the Autism Spectrum.  Some episodes of the show have seen by over one million viewers, such as 10 Early Signs of Autism.

On Wednesday, August 23, 2017, designer of the R82 Scallop, Keira Gwynn, will join Ms. Penrod and Convaid | R82 Marketing Communications Manager Milena Rimassa to discuss applications of the R82 Scallop for children living on the Autism Spectrum.

An R82 Scallop will be given away during the show.

R82 Scallop designer Keira Gwynn

Ms. Gwynn, a 24-year old originally from Wales, created the portable special needs seat as a university project that was designed to aid children living with mild to moderate disabilities in floor sitting and to add extra support while sitting on a chair. It encourages long sitting or sitting with slightly bent knees, naturally preventing children from sitting in “W” shape or in a slouching frog position which could be detrimental to health and posture.

The design caught the attention of R82 and Keira and R82 entered into a partnership in 2015 which resulted in her coming to Denmark to develop the product and bring it to market.  She now works as a Project Leader in the company’s Marketing Department, based in Denmark.

R82 Physical Therapist Mads Jakob Have said, “Children living within the Autism spectrum may have problems with feeling the boundaries of their own body because of reduced sensory integration. I believe it can help by enclosing the children around the pelvis and trunk and giving the sensory feedback needed to make them more calm and relaxed.”

He continued, “In some cases, children living in the Autism spectrum or with ADHD like to use the belt. It may provide a means of grounding their bodies and at the same time allows them to move back and forth and to the side – feeling less restricted. Our field tests have shown that many children living with both conditions feel more relaxed in the R82 Scallop.”

The R82 Scallop primarily serves children with moderate special needs or behavioral disorders within GMFCS levels I-III, and in some case for children in GMFCS level IV, for shorter periods of time.  Head control is a prerequisite for using the R82 Scallop and the seat is not appropriate for children who have strong extensor spasticity.  However, in some cases the R82 Scallop might reduce spasticity because of the enclosing support around the pelvis and trunk it provides with hips optimally positioned by use of a wedge.

Because of its colorful design and crossover application to the typical population, R82 has found that integrating use of the Scallop in social settings promotes integration and socialization. Click here to read a R82 Scallop user’s story.

Background on Autism Live Creative Team

Talk show host Shannon Penrod is the proud mother of Jem, a teenager who is lives with Autism. He was diagnosed at the age of 2-1/2 after having lost virtually all of his language and social skills. Helping her son on his journey through Autism became Shannon’s top priority – where she researched new diets, the legal ins and outs of special education law, finding funding for ABA therapy – and a universe of other topics that ultimately led to her first show in 2009, Everyday Autism Miracles.

Autism Live talk show host Shannon Penrod

As she became her son’s best advocate, she became an advocate for many other families  An award-winning stand-up comedienne, director and author, Shannon’s goal is to provide families with information and hope while on their journey through autism.

Also affiliated with Autism Live is Doreen Granpeesheh, Ph.D., Founder and Executive Director of the Center  for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) and the Founder and President of the Board of Autism Care and Treatment Today (ACT Today).

UCLA-trained Dr. Granpeesheh is licensed by the Medical Board of California and the Texas, Virginia and Arizona State Boards of Psychologists as well as having her Behavior Analyst license and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, among many other professional certifications.  She has been providing behavioral therapy for children with autism since 1979. Some of her academic and civic associations include US Autism and Asperger’s Association, Autism File Journal and she is an active member of the Autism Human Rights and Discrimination Initiative Steering Committee, on the Practice Board of the Association for Behavioral Analysis International.  Dr. Granpeesheh co-chairs the Early Intervention sub-committee of the North Los Angeles County Taskforce of the Senate Select Committee on Autism and Related Disorders.

Dr. Granpeesheh is a published scientific author on issues concerning the diagnosis and treatment of Autism and currently oversees the behavioral treatment of over 1000 patients through CARD’s 20 clinic sites across the globe.

The Etac Group

For more than 40 years, Etac has developed products and services that create possibilities for users and caregivers. Our products are aimed for people with physical disabilities and their caretakers. We provide a well-designed product range for short and long term care whether this be in the home, hospital or other healthcare setting.

Etac’s track record in functional, innovative and comfortable products includes a number of international design awards that have repeatedly set new standards in the market.

The Etac Group has six product brands; Etac, Immedia, Molift, Star, Convaid and R82.

Headquartered in Stockholm, the Etac Group has sales companies in Australia, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States with supply units in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and the United States.


A California US-based manufacturer of custom-made, compact-folding, lightweight, adaptive-assisted wheelchairs. Convaid’s strengths are in design, manufacturing and marketing of pediatric products, which fulfill a clear niche in the mobility market.

Convaid has been a part of the Etac Group since 2015.


Through the years R82 has developed into a strong international brand within children’s rehabilitation. R82’s wide range of products with countless customizing options enables a child to participate in all daily activities.

R82 has been a part of the Etac Group since 2011.

R82 core values: Danish Design, Quality & Innovation


Convaid website | Convaid Facebook | R82 website | R82 Facebook

Etac, Immedia, Molift website

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