Seating and Mobility Certification

Michelle Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS

August 2, 2019

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What is a Seating and Mobility Certification or SMS?

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SMS is a specialty certification, through RESNA, for professionals who are working in the field of seating and wheeled mobility. It is a way of demonstrating competence within this very specific field, including all areas of intervention with these particular products across ages and across diagnoses. RESNA is the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America. It has been around since the '80s. It is an international professional organization that represents not just rehab engineers but quite a wide variety of disciplines.

By receiving this certification, we are receiving acknowledgment of a level of skill and expertise in this area. It is an objective external recognition that says that you have achieved a certain level of competence. It demonstrates professional development and shows that you are committed to learning about this important practice area in order to better serve your clients. Funding is also quite important. Right now, Medicare requires that a supplier who is working with complex rehabilitation equipment have their, Assistive Technology Professional, or ATP, certification. I think that it is only a matter of time before this SMS certification starts impacting therapists as well. Even now, there is legislation in front of Congress to protect complex rehabilitation equipment. Part of that legislation includes some degree of ensuring that the evaluating team has the competence to make these recommendations, and there is some discussion about including the SMS as a part of those requirements. This is not likely to happen in the immediate future because the amount of people who have their SMS certification is still rather low, particularly in comparison to the ATP.  However, as more and more people have received their ATP over the years, the number of SMS is steadily increasing, and I think will continue to do so.


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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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Series: Power Mobility and Training in the School
Presented by Michelle Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS
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Course: #2166Level: Intermediate3 Hours
  'very informative and I like the suggestions she gave for grading activities to form safe and appropriate use of the power chair in the student's functional environment over time'   Read Reviews
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Power wheelchairs can offer independent mobility to many people with physical disabilities, including young children. But how do we determine if a client is ready for a power wheelchair? And if they are not yet ready, how to we develop mobility skills? This series will present strategies to both determine and develop readiness, present evaluation strategies including related factors such as transport, accessibility and transfers and present a variety of mobility training strategies.

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Course: #2216Level: Introductory1 Hour
  'Specific and practical information'   Read Reviews
This webinar will provide an overview of mounting systems used to secure speech generating devices, notebooks and tablets to wheelchair frames. These systems mount a device for visual regard, access, safety from theft and protection from falling. We will review system components and mounting guidelines.

Power Wheelchairs: An Overview of Advanced Features
Presented by Michelle Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS
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Michelle Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS
Course: #2217Level: Advanced2 Hours
  'Great practical examples of each technology'   Read Reviews
Power wheelchairs do far more than drive. This webinar will review advanced features including infrared transmission used to control devices in the environment through the driving method; mouse emulation used to control computers, tablets and speech generating devices through the driving method; interfacing external assistive technology devices to the power wheelchair electronics and more.

Augmented Mobility
Presented by Michelle Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS
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Course: #2301Level: Introductory1 Hour
  'very comprehensive but a bit basic in information for me'   Read Reviews
Augmented mobility is used with clients who require assistance in ambulation. This category of equipment includes walking canes, crutches, walkers and gait trainers. Augmented mobility is used to prevent falls, increase mobility, and provide strengthening and dynamic weight bearing. This course will systematically present each of these options with clinical indicators.

Dependent Mobility
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Michelle Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS
Course: #2302Level: Introductory1 Hour
  'Speaker was well organized and spoke slowly'   Read Reviews
Dependent mobility devices are not designed for self-propulsion. These include adaptive strollers, transport chairs, tilt in space manual wheelchairs, reclining manual wheelchairs and standard manual wheelchairs. For very small children, adaptive strollers are often required to meet positional and dependent mobility needs. Other dependent mobility bases, such as transport chairs and standard wheelchairs, are used for quick trips or for temporary use. Clients may also use a dependent mobility base as a back-up to a power wheelchair.