5 Contact Hours

A comfortable position that promotes function is a prerequisite for involvement in any activity. Seating devices assist users to function in activities across all performance areas (self-care, work or school, and play or leisure) in many different environments. This entry-level course for occupational and physical therapists and assistants discusses the use and maintenance of seating devices and the proper positioning of clients to promote function. The first part describes the needs of individuals served by seating systems, the evaluation of individuals for seating, and biomechanical principles related to seating. The remainder the course provides in-depth information on each of the three categories of seating needs (seating for postural control, tissue integrity, and comfort), including related principles and the technologies used for intervention.

Audience: OT, COTA, PT, PTA

Skill Level: Entry-level

Contact Hours: 5

The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA 

Teaching Methods: Course content includes text from, "Essentials Of Assistive Technologies (2012)" Written by Albert M. Cook, PhD, PE and Jan Miller Polgar, PhD, OT Reg. (Ont.).  Copyright 2012 Elsevier, Inc.  All Rights Reserved. Used with Permission.

Criteria for Passing: Each learner must complete all learning activities/handouts and pass a final exam to receive credit.

Course Objectives:

By the end of this course, each learner will be able to:

1. Identify the potential outcomes of seating for postural control, tissue integrity, and comfort

2. Describe a comprehensive seating assessment

3. Describe key biomechanical principles related to sitting and seating technologies

4. Describe the principles of seating for postural control

5. Describe the factors that contribute to the development of pressure ulcers

6. Describe the different characteristics of seating materials

7. Discuss the different classifications of materials used to construct seats

Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction

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2. Course Objectives - Seating Systems To Promote Function, Tissue Integrity, and Comfort

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3. Coursework - Seating Systems To Promote Function, Tissue Integrity, and Comfort

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4. Course Final and Survey - Seating Systems To Promote Function, Tissue Integrity, and Comfort

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The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion