Are we speaking the same language? Introduction to Standardized Terms and Measures


Date: 3/17/21

Credit: .1 CEU

Speaker: Kelly Waugh, PT, MAPT, ATP

ATP Prep Content, Medical Terminology, Best Business Practice, Beginner Level



Consistent use of specific terms for measurements of the body, the seating system and the wheelchair is vital to accurate translation of body measurements into a seating and wheeled mobility prescription, as well as accurate set up of the equipment in preparation for delivery.  A shared common vocabulary based on standardized terminology and measurement leads to improved efficiency in service delivery and more effective outcomes for the wheelchair user.  This webinar presents a review of the underlying principles and terminology conventions that are critical to understanding and adopting standardized measures in our field. A basic set of critical linear and angular measures of the body and seating system will be introduced and defined, with an emphasis on the differentiation of terms for related measures of the body, the seating, and the wheelchair frame.

Learning Outcomes:

The participant will be able to use proper terms for labeling body segments and postural support device components.

Participants will be able to describe the difference between absolute and relative angles of body segments and seating support surfaces.

Participants will be able to name and define the three primary relative angles of a seating system and the corresponding relative body segment angles.

Kelly Waugh is a licensed Physical Therapist with 38 years of clinical experience as a physical therapist and educator, specializing in Wheelchair Seating & Mobility and 24 Hour Posture Care & Management for individuals with significant mobility impairment. She is currently the Clinic Coordinator at the Center for Inclusive Design and Engineering (CIDE) Assistive Technology Clinic at the University of Colorado Denver, in Denver, Colorado. Ms. Waugh continues to provide wheelchair seating and mobility assessments, fittings and consultations for children and adults with a variety of disabilities, as well as nighttime positioning assessments for children with severe motor impairment. Ms. Waugh has served on ISO and RESNA Wheelchair Seating Standards Committees for over 20 years, with a focus on the development of standardized measures of wheelchair seated posture and seating system parameters.