Traumatic brain injuries can be challenging for the seating and mobility team. Due to their varied presentations from onset through recovery, it is difficult to make long-term recommendations regarding seating and wheeled mobility. In order to provide effective solutions, the etiology, typical characteristics and presentations have to be fully understood. This article will offer a basic introduction to traumatic brain injuries including causes, typical presentations and stages of recovery. Seating and mobility needs will be addressed looking at the changing needs including mobility, postural support and tone management.
1. The participant will be able to identify 3 causes of traumatic brain injuries.
2. The participant will be able to list 3 common symptoms of traumatic brain injury that impact mobility.
3. The participant will be able to correlate 3 appropriate seating and wheeled mobility options with the individual who is post-TBI.
Jill is an OT in private practice with over 30 years experience. She provides OT services to children and adults with intellectual disabilities and medical fragility specializing in seating and wheeled mobility. Jill presents the clinical application of seating and wheeled mobility throughout North America and internationally. She is a member of the Clinician Task Force and has been actively involved in funding and delivery issues on the state and national levels.