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Clinical Implications for Wheelchair Provision: Seating and Positioning

(1 hr./ 0.1 CEU/CCU)

AOTA Category:  OT Service Delivery, Foundational Knowledge

  • CEUs/Contact Hours:  0.1 AOTA CEUs/1 Contact Hour
  • Educational Level: Introductory


General Overview:

This one-hour course is intended to help clinicians and providers expand on their current knowledge and skills in order to achieve greater success in translating seating and positioning-related issues into clinical goals for intervention. Through mobility user case examples linked to key clinical concepts and research, open discussion, as well as practical applications of equipment intervention, it will also examine the importance of the seating and mobility evaluation and the application of seating and positioning systems within the larger context of the rehabilitation plan of care. Highlighted within the course will be the importance of individualized goals and assessments.


This course will cover concepts related to the clinical relationship between posture and function as well as common postural asymmetries and how they relate to functional outcomes. Upon completion, participants will be able to adapt and apply the clinical reasoning and practical application skills gained to improve outcomes and enhance client function in a variety of settings and situations. For those newer to wheelchair seating and mobility, this course will also be beneficial in reframing their existing clinical knowledge through a more specific lens unique to the seating evaluation process and the provision of seating and positioning products.


CEU Objectives: By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the relationship of complex rehab technology provision to other areas of Occupational and Physical Therapy specialization.
  2. Describe the difference between reducible and non-reducible postures.
  3. Discuss 2 research studies examining the relationship between posture and function.
  4. Identify 3 key biomechanical and/or anatomical factors that can impact a client’s function within their seating system.


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Full Course Detail Flyer PDF:  Clinical Implications SP