Features that Foster Functional Independence: Seating Decisions that Impact ADL task performance


Date: 4/21/21

Credit: .1 CEU

Speaker: Alex Chesney, OTR, ATP

Sponsored by Quantum Rehab

ATP/SMS Prep Content, Seating & Positioning, Beginner Level



This course will present seating and wheeled mobility features that have a direct impact on functional independence specifically related to dressing, as well as bowel and bladder management. Many options and selections are made when it comes to manual and power wheelchair frames, bases, and seating components, but is consideration being taken on how features help or hinder functional tasks? With length of stays being shorter and limited time frames in outpatient seating clinics, functional considerations for these tasks may not always be assessed in clinic. This course will specifically demonstrate through case studies and experience ways in which a seating and mobility system can assist with increased independence in these daily tasks from a wheelchair  level.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will be able to discuss differences in manual wheelchair frame design as it relates to improved independence in positioning for ADL task performance.

Participants will be able to apply power seating functions with the goal of increasing independence in dressing and positioning related to ADL performance from a power wheelchair.

Participants will be able to recognize accessory items or positioning components of wheelchair and seating systems that allow for improved functional task performance as it relates to performing activities of daily living from the wheelchair level.

Alex Chesney is the Clinical Sales Manager of the Midwest South region for Quantum Rehab. Alex graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science degree in Multidisciplinary Studies with a minor in Psychology in 2011. She then earned her Master of Occupational Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in 2013. Alex practiced as an occupational therapist in a top neurological inpatient rehabilitation center in Houston, Texas treating those with traumatic spinal cord injuries and various neurodegenerative diseases. As a clinician, Alex was a prescriber of advanced seating and mobility technologies and a primary education resource for best practice within neurological rehabilitation. Alex serves as a committee chair. for The Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals and is the occupational therapy coordinator for Rehabilitation Services Volunteer Project providing free neurological therapy services to those in the Texas area