Seating: Matching Client Needs to Product

Michelle Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS

December 7, 2015

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How do I decide on seating products for a client?

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There is a wide array of seating products on the market.  We have only touched on some of them.  It is imperative to first evaluate the client to determine their needs.  That narrows down the possible seating products that we are even going to consider.  If you have tried 20 cushions with the client, chances are you need to go back to the drawing board and clarify the seating parameters.  We should have narrowed down the field quite a bit by the time we are ready to consider any specific materials.  We need to keep in mind the seating system category, the primary and secondary supports and the materials that are being used.


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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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