Customized Wheelchair Prescription: How to facilitate function with a wheelchair


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

Date: Saturday, June 4, 2016

8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. and an optional lab from 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

Location: Weyerhaeuser Hall, Room 217 (11th street)

                University of Puget Sound
                Tacoma, Washington 98416

Registration Fee: Morning Only - $200.00 (4 contact hours)
                            Morning & Lab - $250.00 (6 contact hours)

Payment can be sent to:
 (Please be sure to put your name and course title on check.)
Make checks payable to The University of Puget Sound. 1500 N. Warner St. #1070. Tacoma, WA 98416. 

Lunch will be 1.5 hours, and NOT provided. Morning break refreshments will be provided.

***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.  We will review how to analyze push mechanics and chair stability and learn how chair configuration interacts with these functions.  Course will focus on wheelchair specifications for the full time manual wheelchair user. There will be heavy use of case presentation for illustration of concepts.  Optional afternoon lab will provide hands on experience with equipment and an opportunity for input into your own seating cases.

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  1. Accurately calculate seat slope and explain the importance of slope to pelvic control.
  2. Configure an ultralight manual wheelchair for an individual with T3 paraplegia.
  3. Correctly identify needed adjustments for common functional instability issues in seated mobility.

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: 4 or 6