Vol 4 2018, CEU Article Review, Pediatric Standing: Are There Benefits Or Any Evidence To Support This Intervention?


Author Jackie Casey, BSC HONS OT, MSC; OTR/L
.1 CEU



This paper will explore reasons for and uses of standing devices and what evidence exists to support these as a therapeutic modality. Standing has long been considered an important element in all physical rehabilitation and management regimes (Pope, 2007). Standing is a critical part of our postural development as children, enabling us to move in an upright plane against gravity so we can explore and interact fully with our worlds.

Learning Outcomes:
1. The participant will be able to identify three reasons for preventing hip subluxation in children with cerebral palsy.
2. The participant will be able to state the recommended dosage for standing to manage bone mineral density, joint ROM, hip stability, and spasticity in children.
3. The participant will be able to explain two reasons why standing is part of a 24-hour postural management program.

Jackie has been working in the field of seating and positioning in various capacities since graduating in the UK as an occupational therapist in 1994. Jackie has worked in elderly rehabilitation and in children’s services with children with physical, sensory, and/or intellectual impairments. She has over two decades of experience in teaching, clinical research and working with industry. She worked as a lecturer and program director at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, before joining Permobil, in 2018.