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Wheelchair Seating Assessment: Positioning the Head

presented by Michelle L. Lange, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS

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Does every client need head positioning as a part of a wheelchair seating system? No, many clients have adequate head control so that no further support is needed. However, many other clients require intervention to achieve and maintain an upright head position. An upright head is essential to optimize vision, breathing and swallowing. In this course we'll show demonstrations for seating interventions, different head supports, and various seating components as a part of posterior head support.

Meet Your Instructor

Michelle L. Lange, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS

Michelle is an occupational therapist with more than 30 years of experience in the area of assistive technology. She is the former clinical director of the Assistive Technology Clinics of the Children's Hospital of Denver and has been in private practice at Access to Independence, Inc., for more than 15 years. Michelle's work in assistive…

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1. Positioning the Head: Causes and General Intervention

This chapter will present causes of decreased or lack of head control and present general strategies to optimize head control. An upright head is critical to vision, breathing and swallowing.

2. Positioning the Head: Decreased Head Control

This chapter will address clients who have decreased head control and interventions to facilitate a more upright head, including posterior head supports.

3. Positioning the Head: No Head Control

This chapter will address clients with little or no head control who require support posteriorly, but also anteriorly.

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