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Headrest Recommendations

Michelle Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS

May 15, 2013

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Do you ever recommend headrests for different settings or activities?

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I usually only recommend one headrest as payor sources will normally only pay for one.  However, there might be times that a different headrest may help increase support, function, or participation. For instance, a client my need support during transportation, but may need a more dynamic headrest for a school/work setting.  You will need to document these differences in order to secure the necessary funding.


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Michelle Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS

Michelle is an occupational therapist with over 30 years of experience and has been in private practice, Access to Independence, for over 10 years. She is a well-respected lecturer, both nationally and internationally and has authored numerous texts, chapters, and articles. She is the co-editor of Seating and Wheeled Mobility: a clinical resource guide, editor of Fundamentals in Assistive Technology, 4th ed., NRRTS Continuing Education Curriculum Coordinator and Clinical Editor of NRRTS Directions magazine. Michelle is a RESNA Fellow and member of the Clinician Task Force. Michelle is a certified ATP, certified SMS and is a Senior Disability Analyst of the ABDA. 

 


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