Customized Wheelchair Prescription: How to facilitate function with a wheelchair

Presenter:  Dr. Jennifer Hastings - Professor and Director, Physical Therapy Program

Date:  Saturday March 14, 2015
              8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Location:  Weyerhaeuser Center for Health Sciences
                    University of Puget Sound
                    Tacoma, WA

Registration Fee: $200

Breaks: Lunch will be 1.5 hours, and NOT provided. Two break sessions (AM & PM) will be offered.

Contact Hours: 7 

***This is a repeat of the seating course presented June 2014 with some presentation revision and minimal new material.

Course Description:  Course will review the science of orthotic configuration of a wheelchair to support a paralyzed trunk, and how configuration should differ when there is not truncal paralysis.  Course will focus on wheelchair prescription for the full time manual wheelchair user but will briefly cover application of orthotic seating principles to the power wheelchair. There will be heavy use of case presentation for illustration of concepts. We will review how to analyze push mechanics and chair stability and learn how chair configuration interacts with these functions.  

Objectives:  Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:
1.  configure an ultralight manual wheelchair for an individual with T3 paraplegia.
2.  describe the limitations of postural seating in power wheelchairs.
3.  correctly identify needed adjustments for common push mechanic deficits and functional instability.

Class limit & participation requirements:  This class will be limited to 12 participants to allow one-to-one guidance and some flexibility for meeting the needs of the group.  This is an advanced class intended for licensed PT or OT practitioners and durable medical equipment providers with a minimum of 3 years of experience in the field of rehabilitation seating.  Recent DPT graduates of the University of Puget Sound may enroll with permission of instructor.

Contact hours: 7