2017-12-05, Wheelchair Seating for Clients with Low Muscle Tone: Addressing Potential Orthopedic Changes 12.5.17

  • Price: $40.00
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Tamara Kittelson-Aldred, MS, OTR/L, ATP/SMS will present. Seating clients with low muscle tone can be challenging in many ways, requiring considerations that may be quite distinct from those used with high tone individuals. Subtle changes can make a big difference but must be balanced with function here and now while keeping an eye to the future and what might transpire years down the road. This is essential for the journey and especially important with children, but must be thought through for individuals of all ages. There is more to it than strapping people in and holding them up! Key aspects of seating for individuals with low tone will be shared including case studies illustrating challenges and potential solutions to help support function and health for the long term.

Learning Outcomes:
Participants will be able to list 3 common pelvic, trunk and head postures seen in people with low muscle tone.
Participants will be able to list 3 potential orthopedic complications impacted by wheelchair seating and configuration.
Participants will be able to describe the interaction between tilt in space and recline when seating a person with low tone.

Tamara is an occupational therapist specializing in seating and wheeled mobility and 24 hour postural management. She has written and taught about wheelchair seating and 24 hour postural care in the United States and Peru. Tamara is Project Director for the Montana Postural Care Project, a pilot program funded by the Montana Council on Developmental Disabilities, and Director of Eleanore’s Project, promoting responsible wheelchair provision and postural care in Peru. She also provides clinical positioning and mobility equipment services with 24 hour postural care for children, youth and complex adults in Missoula, Montana. Tamara’s best teacher was her daughter Eleanore, who was born with multiple impairments - including low muscle tone.