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THE DREAMThe Reality
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  1. Understand and apply a developmental perspective to pediatric DME needs, and be able to explain the differences between children and adults related to growth, development, and systems of service.
  2. Be able to troubleshoot a problematic seating and mobility system and recommend appropriate corrections.
  3. Be able to prescribe and justify an appropriate seating and mobility system for a variety of adult and pediatric rehabilitation patients.
  4. Be aware of the existence of various seating components, ADL and comunications devices, gadgets, and techniques and their appropriate uses.
  5. Understand the roles and credentials of other professionals invovled in equipment provision.


Pam Brown's wheelchair PowerPoint and pix, Vikki Stefans' updated version
Barbara Nemeth-King's talk may include information from these sites on DME vendor certification: More sites on seating and other Assistive Technology: A Quia quiz on Rehabilitation Equipment and Technology
Discussion Questions
Welcome to Seating Clinic (Troubleshoot This!)
The earliest Developmental, ADL, and Communication slideshow
Slightly newer DevelADLComm version, though not by much
Updated 2010 developmental mobility equipment and
Updated 2010 ADL and communication as a separate show

Diagrams and Outline Notes:

From Pam's original lecture:

Overly Complicated Chart from Dr. Stefans' lecture
("LUPUS" should probably be "MS")

Slightly Less Complicated Chart

Just remember the big three questions:
  1. Postural control
  2. Deformity - asymetrical vs symmetrical, correctable vs fixed
  3. Sensation - consider pressure relief cushions
...and that ONLY group 3 and a few group 2 with movement disorder need custom molded seating
(group 1 is planar, others contoured.)

Degrees of Postural Control

Mechanisms of Symmetrical Slouch and its correction (usually Group 2):

BY THE WAY - What's wrong with this website and how would you fix it?


Some items you should look up if you have not heard of:

Transportation Safety -

regular and adaptive car seats, other options for tie downs


ADLs - useful gadgets vs human assistance

UE vs LE prosthetics

LE much more often successful because UE function requires more detailed sensory feedback


crawlers, floor-sitters, corner chairs, standers


driving, working, relationships

Adaptive Driving basics-

  1. get permit first
  2. specialized eval unless cerebral function and upper extremities intact
  3. medical safety issues - seziure control for 6-12 months depending on state, VOLUNTARY reporting preferred, diabetes and heart disease can pose greater risks
  4. hand controls - sufficient gross leg movements, fast enough and without looking at feet (check proprioception)
  5. advanced controls
  6. add-ons - switch a function from one side to the other

ADA issues and accessibility - there really a disability backlash? If not, why don't the Paralympics get any decent coverage??


classic book, Sexual Options for Paraplegics and Quadriplegics (SCI focus)


Sensory disability

Disability Etiquette and Language

why NONE of our patients are "wheelchair bound" or "suffering from..."

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