Whose Job is it Anyway?


Credits: .1 CEU
Presenter: Stefanie Laurence, B.Sc.OT, OT Reg.(Ont.)



Technology for the creation of seating systems has been evolving at an ever increasing pace. Gone are the days when the only option was plywood and foam creations at a specialized clinic. Cad/cam technology, 3D scanners and an internet connection have placed tools into the community. However, convenience, technology and connectedness do not guarantee a good outcome. There are seven essential steps in the creation of a custom seating system. Responsibility is shared by the prescriber, manufacturer and vendor, and not all roles are interchangeable. Ensuring that the team members each have the correct skill set to fully contribute to the process is self-monitored. Are you pulling your weight?

Learning Outcomes:

The participant will be able to list the essential steps involved in the provision of seating for postural support.
The participant will be able to outline the roles the team members play in the provision of seating for postural support.
The participant will be able to discuss essential skills that a vendor must be able to deliver to provide custom seating to clients.

Stefanie Laurence wants to live in a world where every wheelchair is perfectly fitted, comfortable, functional and used correctly. As an Occupational Therapist and Clinical Educator for Motion Specialties across Canada, she’s been on her soapbox for over 30 years at colleges, universities, group homes, hospitals and conferences across North America and even as far as Europe. When she’s not teaching about seating and mobility equipment, you can find her with her arms wrapped around a client helping to create a custom seating system, or elbow deep in helping a team unravel the knot of a dysfunctional situation.