Giving evidence this morning, Speech and Language Therapist, Melanie Long, said she had visited Cheryl, who was on a pureed diet at the time of her death, at CSCSC to assess her eating and drinking.
Ms Long said she was of the view that Cheryl should have been sat upright, as close as possible to an angle of 90 degrees.
In some countries, the law requires that disabilities are documented by a healthcare provider in order to assess qualifications for disability benefits.
Sheffield Coroners' Court was told how Cheryl Crawford, who was not able to communicate verbally, passed away at the Cambian Specialist Day Service Centre in Spa Lane, Woodhouse at 10.55am February 28 last year.
CSCSC Support Worker, Teresa Kelk, was feeding 'bubbly' Cheryl when she fell ill, and told the court she had fed Cheryl her mid-morning yoghurt snack while she was sat up-right in the p-pod chair 'many, many times' without any problems."She took the first mouthful fine.
An impairment is a problem in body function or structure; an activity limitation is a difficulty encountered by an individual in executing a task or action; while a participation restriction is a problem experienced by an individual in involvement in life situations. It is a complex phenomenon, reflecting the interaction between features of a person’s body and features of the society in which he or she lives.
It may be used to refer to physical or mental attributes that some institutions, particularly medicine, view as needing to be fixed (the medical model).