Introduction to Wheelchair Seating and Positioning

About the Course:
This course, designed to provide the healthcare practitioner with a broad overview of the assessment and provision of wheelchair seating, is written at a basic to intermediate-level for the occupational and physical therapist who have little or no experience in this specialty practice area. Many people require the use of a wheelchair for dependent or independent mobility, and each wheelchair provides some form of seating. Wheelchair seating directly affects a client’s position, which in turn affects function for all of that person’s daily tasks. It is essential that occupational therapy practitioners be able to competently participate as members of the interprofessional team in determining the optimal seating and wheeled mobility interventions for a particular client. Common diagnoses for a client using a wheelchair include cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, and muscular dystrophies. 

Learning Outcomes: 
After completing this course, the learner will be able to: 
  • Describe the steps in a seating assessment. 
  • Identify categories of seating systems. 
  • Describe the clinical considerations in selecting seating systems. 4. Summarize common positioning challenges and strategies for seated mobility. 
  • Compare and contrast effective applications to maximize seated mobility 

About the Author: 
Michelle L. Lange, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS, is an occupational therapist with 30 years of experience and has been in private practice, Access to Independence, for over 10 years. She is a well-respected lecturer, both nationally and internationally, and has authored numerous texts, chapters, and articles. She is the coeditor of Seating and Wheeled Mobility: A clinical resource guide; editor of Fundamentals in Assistive Technology, 4th ed.; NRRTS Continuing Education Curriculum Coordinator; and Clinical Editor of Directions magazine. Ms. Lange is a member of the Clinician Task Force, a certified ATP, certified SMS, and a Senior Disability Analyst of the ABDA. 

How to Receive Credit:
  • Read the entire course online or in print.
  • Depending on your state requirements you will be asked to:
    • Complete a mandatory test (a passing score of 75 percent is required). Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory Course Evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.


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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.
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