Balancing a seated position and maximum function is always a challenge. This challenge gets quite a bit more complicated when a client presents with increased muscle tone. This course will explore different types of tone presentations in both children and adults. We will discuss how tone impacts function from the perspective of both the caregivers and the clients themselves and how to assess this during the seating evaluation. Finally, case studies will demonstrate creative options for seating and mobility solutions in these complex clients.
The participant will be able to identify 3 different types of tone presentations that affect seating and mobility in pediatric and adult clients.
The participant will be able to discuss 3-5 components of a seating evaluation that can provide information about the relationship between tone, sitting posture and function.
The participant will be able to list at least 2 ways to address increased tone with seating solutions.
Andrina is a physical therapist in Cleveland, Ohio. She runs the Seating and Mobility Clinic at The Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation where options for independent mobility are a focus for every client. Andrina is also heavily involved in clinical research with the GoBabyGo program. Her projects involve the study of the developmental impacts of augmented mobility via modified Power Wheels products and body weight support harness systems for infants and toddlers with mobility delays. She has presented locally and nationally on independent mobility and positioning and frequently collaborates with manufacturers regarding product development.