Active Seating: Positioning Adaptive Seating for Sitting Postural Control


Credit: .1 CEU

Speaker: Lori Potts, PT

Sponsored by Rifton

ATP Prep Content, Seating and Positioning, Beginner Level



This webinar provides an overview of research on the topic of adaptive seating and postural control, including research with SATCo (Segmental Assessment  of Trunk Control). The potential impact of positioning on posture, head control, and upper extremity use will be discussed. Further guidance and recommendations for seated positioning as an intervention  in pediatric practice will be reviewed, including concepts for reducing supports over time to increase independence in sitting. A demonstration of adaptive seating products, explaining the specific features designed for therapeutic and functional use, will be provided.

Learning Outcomes:

The participant will be able to identify published research evidence related to adaptive seated positioning and postural control in pediatric practice.

The participant will be able to differentiate between passive and active sitting and discuss the provision of supports to promote the development of postural motor control in sitting.

The participant will be able to discuss the use of adaptive seating to implement concepts for postural support for increased function and participation.

Lori Potts, PT, obtained her PT degree at Upstate Medical University College of Health Professions in Syracuse, NY in 1995. She currently works at Esopus Medical, PC with pediatric and adult clients. Since 1998, Lori is a certified MOVE International Trainer and participates in MOVE trainings and implements MOVE with patients in PT practice. Since 2005, Lori has worked with Rifton, consulting for product design and providing resources for consumer and client education. She is a regular contributor to the Rifton Adaptive Mobility and Positioning blog and conducts equipment-related workshops throughout the US, Canada, and Europe. Lori is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapists.