Lunch and Learn/Webinar Request

Sheilagh is available to travel to your facility for in-person clinical education on seating and mobility in the Greater Toronto and surrounding areas (within a 3 hour drive from Toronto).  Outside of that radius?  Request a webinar instead!*  Clinical education can be tailored to suit the needs of the facility or group of therapists.  Certificates of Attendance and PowerPoint handouts are available for all attendees. 

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See below for list and description of each topic

Assessment Basics – From Interview to Hands-on
Conducting a detailed assessment that includes both an interview and a hands-on component is vital to ensuring an optimal seating and mobility prescription for a client.  This webinar will lead you through the assessment process.
The Science of Seating: The Interaction of Materials and Product Designs in Cushions for Seating Goals
Learn how to evaluate materials and cushion designs commonly used by manufacturers with respect to pressure distribution, stability and positioning and how to use this knowledge to achieve client seating goals.
Selecting a Backrest for Your Client: What to Consider
Learn about generic product parameters available in backrests and how to determine the appropriate height, contour, angle, shape, and need for laterals in a backrest to achieve client seating goals.

Head Support
Learn about the basics of head support – from how to select and fit headrest pads and hardware to how to accommodate forces.  Available customizations also will be reviewed. 
From Off-the-Shelf to Custom Seating: The Spectrum of Possibilities
When is off-the-shelf seating appropriate and when should custom seating be considered?  This session answers those questions and more and looks at the spectrum of generic seating options available, how to customize off-the-shelf seating, and when to select custom seating. 
Matching Postural Analysis with Client Seating Needs
Learn about generic seating and mobility product parameters that may be required for positioning clients who present with one or more of the following postures: posterior pelvic tilt, anterior pelvic tilt, pelvic obliquity, pelvic rotation, kyphosis, lordosis, or scoliosis.
Preventing Sliding in Seated Mobility
Learn how to address the cause, rather than the symptom, of a client sliding from a wheelchair.  Find out how generic seating selection, possible modifications, and wheelchair configuration can work together to address sliding.
Manual Mobility Part 1 - It’s All about the Base: Making Good Clinical Choices
There are several generic types or categories of wheelchairs.  This session reviews the different types of manual wheelchairs, when each category should be considered, why there are choices of different models of wheelchairs within the same category from the same manufacturer and how to make good choices clinically. 

Manual Mobility Part 2 – So Many Options! How to Choose
There is a lot of choice in wheelchair configuration and this allows us to customize a wheelchair for an individual for fit, performance and function.  Learn about various options and accessories, including casters, wheels, tires, handrims, hangers, footplates, arm supports and wheel locks and how to make the best choices for an individual.
Tilt-in-Space Wheelchairs
Tilt-in-space, or dynamic tilt, wheelchairs are prescribed for a number of clinical reasons.  This session reviews the clinical considerations in prescribing a tilt-in-space wheelchair, including how the mechanism of tilt affects outcomes for clients and caregivers.  Also learn about the research that answers the questions on what degree of tilt is required for clinically significant pressure reduction at the pelvis and how often a person in a dynamic tilt wheelchair should be repositioned.
Manual Wheelchair Adjustments: From Basic to Aha! Moments
Learn about the simple, quick adjustments that can be made to manual wheelchairs that improve posture and positioning for individuals.  Learn about the importance of weight distribution adjustments to improve propulsion for individuals.
Power Assist Wheelchairs: Features and Clinical Benefits Discover how pushrim activated power assist wheelchairs (PAPAW) work.  Learn about the research that supports the clinical benefits of PAPAWs.  Understand the considerations that must be taken into account to determine if PAPAWs are appropriate for an individual.

Power Mobility – Function and Performance
This session de-mystifies the power wheelchair for therapists.  Learn about drive wheel position, electronics and programming, motors and batteries and their effects on function and performance for individuals. 
All about Specialty Controls!
Learn about the differences between proportional and non-proportional specialty controls and between mechanical and electronic switches.  Various specialty controls and their clinical application will be discussed. 
Tilt, Recline and Elevating Legrests: Who, What, Where, When and Why?
There are clinical benefits associated with tilt, recline and elevating legrests – whether manual or power.  Learn about the benefits and when these positioning features should be considered. 
Seating and Mobility Considerations for Your Client Who is Bariatric
Learn about factors to consider when prescribing seating and mobility for a client who is bariatric.  Issues such as the mat assessment, body shape and seating requirements, and mobility base set up will be reviewed. 
Transit Standards for Seating, Wheelchairs and Wheelchair Tiedowns
Is your client transported in a vehicle while remaining in his/her wheelchair?  Learn about the testing and standards for seating and wheelchair frames to determine crashworthiness when used in motor vehicles.  Learn about the standards for wheelchair securement and occupant restraint when seated in a wheelchair during transit.  ISO and ANSI/RESNA standards will be reviewed. 
Seating and Mobility –  Customizations and Custom-built
From seating to manual wheelchairs to power wheelchairs – so much can be customized or custom-built to meet individual needs.  Attend this session to get ideas on what has been done in the past to spark your imagination for what can be done in the future for your client’s unique needs. 

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