Dynamic Seating Systems for Children with Severe Movement Limitations: Possibilities and Documented Effects

DATE: Wednesday, November 18, 2020

TIME: 04:00 PM – 05:30 PM EST Convert 

COURSE TITLE: Dynamic Seating Systems for Children with Severe Movement Limitations: Possibilities and Documented Effects

Dynamic components of adaptive seating systems are widely recommended and used in clinical practice. Based on a thorough description of the impairments and activity limitations experienced by children with dyskinetic cerebral palsy the course will focus on how specific features of dynamic seating systems can be used to ensure the best possible seating position and greatest possible independence for the individual child.

In this webinar, the participants will experience:
1. The importance of the position of the pivot point of the backrest.
2. How different resistances in the gas spring impact the force needed to change the position of the backrest.
3. How locking of the dynamic backrest impacts the ability to help the child with eating.
A critical appraisal and the results of the research on dynamic adaptive seating systems with a dynamic backrest will be presented and the participant will be encouraged to discuss the methods used as well as suggest how the effects might be documented for the individual child.
This webinar includes video and interaction with the presenter.

Learning objectives
The participants will be able to:
1. Demonstrate at least three important features in adaptive seating systems with a dynamic backrest
2. Give an example of how the effects of a dynamic backrest have been examined clinically
3. List two functional effects that have been documented in the literature.

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Sally Mallory, PT, APT, CPST-II
Clinical Consultant, Etac – US

Meet the presenter:

Sally is an NDT trained physical therapist with over 35 years of clinical experience.  She has worked the majority of this time focusing on developmental pediatrics and pediatric rehabilitation.  Over time, she realized the importance of utilizing assistive technology as a means to complement therapy and developmental goals.  This includes seating and positioning equipment, mobility equipment, and the use of other means of support for activities of daily living.

Sally has worked in a variety of settings including the NICU, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, school, and home settings.  She has also had her own consulting business. Sally has worked as a trainer and educator for major international equipment manufacturers.  She has lectured nationally and internationally on equipment and the proper selection of equipment based upon clinical assessment.  Disclosure: Sally is currently a consultant for Etac – US and is being compensated for this presentation.


This activity has been approved by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 1.50 CCUs for PTs and PTAs