The Benefits of Dynamic Seating for Individuals with Abnormal Tone Patterns
Jill Sparacio, OTR/L, ATP, ABDA
The recent development of dynamic components for seating and wheeled mobility has opened the door for opportunities for individuals with abnormal tone presentations. No matter what the tone presentation is, the use of specific dynamic features in mobility systems can help alleviate common issues that have been difficult to deal with in the past. Through the use of properly matched dynamic components to tone generated movements, individuals can achieve greater stability for function and comfort. In addition, equipment breakage issues can be addressed and minimized. In order to be successful, a basic understanding of tone presentation and related issues is needed as well as basic knowledge of what dynamic components are and the pros and cons of their use. This session will look at available options while matching benefits to different tone presentations.
- The participant will be able to identify 2 common tone patterns that can interfere with seated posture.
- The participant will be able to list 3 factors that need to be considered when evaluating clients for dynamic components.
- The participant will be able to match 3 different dynamic components with the body parts that are impacted by their use.
Jill is an OT in private practice with over 30 years’ experience. She provides OT services to children and adults with intellectual disabilities and medical fragility specializing in seating and wheeled mobility. Jill presents the clinical application of seating and wheeled mobility throughout North America and internationally. She is a member of the Clinician Task Force and has been actively involved in funding and delivery issues on the state and national levels.