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Principles of Adequate Positioning for School-Aged Children

presented by Roberta O'Shea & Ann Jackson

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How do therapists ensure children are positioned so that they can learn and participate optimally at school? This course will present options that therapists can use with children to enable them to participate to the best of their abilities. These options include seating systems within a mobility base or positioning equipment within the classroom environment. Through presentation, demonstration, and discussion the participant will learn how to properly recommend and fit a variety of seating and positioning systems appropriate for the school aged child.

Meet Your Instructors

  • Roberta O'Shea, PT, DPT, PhD

    Roberta Kuchler O'Shea, PT, PhD, DPT has been a pediatric physical therapist for over 30 years. She practiced in a variety of environments before joining the faculty at Governors State University. Dr. O'Shea earned her Bachelors in PT degree from St. Louis University, a Master’s degree in Public Service from DePaul University, a PhD in Education/Special Education from University of Illinois at Chicago, and a DPT from Governors State University. She has written books, book chapters and articles regarding many aspects of physical therapy and maintains a research interest in the impact of Conductive Education for individuals with neurological impairments.

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  • Ann Jackson, PT, DPT, MPH

    Ann is a physical therapist who has spent her career focusing on optimizing the functionality of individuals across the lifespan impacted by neuromuscular disorders. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from Georgia State University, a Masters of Public Health from the University of South Carolina and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Rosalind Franklin University. She has been in practice for 30 years, with 18 years in pediatrics. She has worked in varies clinic and community settings. Dr. Jackson is the owner of Legacy Healthcare Solutions, a healthcare consulting and support agency. She currently works with children, adults and their families in varies settings throughout the Chicagoland region to provide direct therapy services, navigational support and community based resource identification. Ann is committed to practicing within an Evidence Based framework to address the short and long term needs of those she works with.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Principles of Seating

    1. Principles of Seating

    This chapter will discuss the details of proper seating and positioning. Therapists will learn the necessary components of a seating assessment and how to synthesize information into a comprehensive seating and mobility plan of care.

  2. Product Options

    2. Product Options

    This chapter will introduce the products generally available to assist in maintaining posture within positioning and seating equipment. Products will include options for back cushions and seat cushions.

  3. Postural Support Devices

    3. Postural Support Devices

    This chapter will address the postural support devices that can be included into a seating system to achieve optimal positioning. Although the cushions are important base for pressure relief and posture, the postural support device help to support and maintain the skeletal system appropriately within the seating system.