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Material Matters: The Substance and Design of Seating Components

Learn the forces your patients' bodies are under when using seating & positioning technologies and understand why materials and design selection can help you patient enjoy greater comfort.

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Course Overview

The materials and design of seating components, in conjunction with the mobility base set up, will directly impact a client’s skin and tissue health, posture and alignment as well as functional ability. Unfortunately, the design and material choices of seating products are often overlooked in the decision-making process. This one-hour live lecture session will focus on a basic science of materials approach in the selection of appropriate wheelchair seating products.

1 Contact hour(s)

Live Stream Lecture

Beginner Level Course

Material Matters: The Substance and Design of Seating Components

What You Will Learn

Through this course, you'll learn why the selections of materials and designs matter, how they directly affect patient comfort & health outcomes, and accomplish these 4 key objectives:

  • Learn the Forces on Your Patients' Bodies

    You'll learn the myriad of forces your patients' bodies are subjected to depending upon the selection of materials and the design of their cushions.

  • Know the Health Outcomes

    Understand how these forces can affect their bodies and how proper material and design choice can create improved health outcomes.

  • Understand the Impact on Mobility and Function

    You'll learn and discuss the 3 types of changes in you patient or client's condition and function through proper seating and positioning materials and designs.

  • Optimized Pressure Management

    Learn the best practices of pressure management and 3 aspects of how to best apply them for your patients.

Course Flow & Time Outline

Minutes Topic
5 Introduction, Overview, and Review Course Objectivess
5 What is Material Science?s
10 Seating Design Principless
5 Clinical Significance of Forcess
20 Client Presentations over Times
10 Clinical & Best Practices
5 Summary, Question & Answers

Statement of Clinical Relevance

Content of the activity directly relates to the scope of practice of occupational and physical therapy as defined by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

Completion Requirements

In order to obtain CEU credits, participant must attend course, sign in and out, and complete an on-line course assessment following completion of the course.

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0.1 AOTA CEU(s)

Contact Hours

1 Contact Hour(S)

Who is this program for?

  • Occupational Therapists

  • Occupational Therapy Assistants

  • Physical Therapists

  • Physical Therapist Assistants

  • Assistive Technology Professionals

  • Medical Suppliers & Providers

  • Complex Rehabilitation Professionals

AOTA Classification Code(s)

Category: OT Service Delivery



Instructional Method

Synchronous Live Stream Lecture, Discussion, Clinical Applications, and Demonstration

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