“Made for Each Other: Early Custom Seating and 24-7 PCM for All Ages” Speaker: Tamara Kittelson, MS, OTR/L, ATP/SMS

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Date: 01-26-2023

Credit: .1 CEU

Speaker: Tamara Kittelson, MS, OTR/L, ATP/SMS

Level: Beginner, Seating and Positioning

Posture deviations develop frequently in individuals with movement limiting conditions. These impact health and function, and require increasingly complex wheelchair seating as joint contractures, pelvic obliquity/rotation and scoliosis develop and progress. This need not happen! Early adoption of custom seating combined with 24-hour posture care management (24-7 PCM) can intervene in this scenario. Custom seating and 24-7 PCM facilitates healthy alignment, development, growth, and function in all human orientations by promoting a foundation of body symmetry and stable posture. Learn principles underlying this approach and how to start making this approach work for your clients.

Learning Outcomes:

At the successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how body position, soft tissue adaptation, gravity and time affect the ribcage, spine, pelvis and hips in growing children, adolescents, and adults.
  • Distinguish between therapeutic and destructive postures in sitting and lying, and their relationship to spine, chest, and pelvic distortion.
  • Describe how to use posture analysis information to create a therapeutic and functional positioning plan using custom seating and lying support.