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Seating and Alternative Drive Considerations for the Patient with ALS

Learn how to properly assess the seating, positioning, and alternative drive control needs for a patient with ALS using assistive technologies.

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Course Overview

With ALS, speaking, swallowing, breathing, and muscle weakness in the extremities and trunk are common and need to be assessed and considered when setting up the appropriate seating system that will optimize client functional independence and mobility throughout the progression of this disease. This population requires an advanced seating system and electronics that can change with the progression of the disease and meet the changing needs as one with ALS becomes progressively more dependent. There are many considerations and factors including driving/input method, mounting of driver controls, postural control, power positioning, programming, and environmental access & control. This course will provide hands-on practice as well as review of the latest insights and data from the industry and medical community, equipping you with the knowledge you need to confidently recommend seating and alternative drive control systems for clients with ALS.

2 Contact hour(s)

On-site or Live Stream Lecture

Intermediate Level Course

Seating and Alternative Drive Considerations for the Patient with ALS

What You Will Learn

This workshop will review many of the considerations that must beexamined when recommending alternative controls. Hands on practice will be utilized to demonstrate the delicate interplay between alternative control access and complex seating systems.

  • Learn What to Examine

    You'll learn the key questions, indicators, and examination items that help you recommend alternative drive controls for patients with ALS.

  • Get Hands-on Practice

    Get first-hand experience with the tools and best practices you'll need to understand the connection between alternative drive control systems and complex seating systems for patients with ALS.

  • Understand Your Patients' Changing Needs

    You'll learn how your patients' and clients' seating, positioning, and control needs will change over time as their ALS progresses.

  • Promote Better Health Outcomes

    By learning the unique seating, positioning, and control needs of patients with ALS, you'll be in a strong position to help your patients or clients achieve improved health outcomes.


0.2 AOTA CEU(s)

Contact Hours

2 Contact Hour(S)

Who is this program for?

  • Occupational Therapists

  • Occupational Therapy Assistants

  • Physical Therapists

  • Physical Therapist Assistants

  • Assistive Technology Professionals

  • Medical Suppliers & Providers

  • Reimbursement & Billing Specialists

  • Complex Rehabilitation Professionals

AOTA Classification Code(s)

Category: OT Service Delivery



Instructional Method

On-site Lecture or Live Stream Lecture, Discussion, Clinical Applications, and Demonstration

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