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Dynamic Stories

Dynamic Stories

Derrick holding a painting

Dynamic Stories: Derrick

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Derrick’s dynamic seating has reduced active muscle tone, improved his posture, and reduced equipment breakage.

Jonathan and tone that won't quit

Dynamic Stories: Jonathan and Tone That Won’t Quit!

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Jonathan is a young man with the diagnosis of cerebral palsy. Dynamic Seating added to his wheelchair has helped him address tone that just won’t quit.

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Dynamic Stories: Tyler – when tone management doesn’t work

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Numotion ATP Toby Bergantino share his dynamic seating success with client Tyler, a young man with cerebral palsy and extremely high tone.

Eddie and the Broken Wheelchair

Dynamic Stories: Eddie and the Broken Wheelchair

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One day while looking at the Seating Dynamics YouTube Channel, I came across a video of a young man named Eddie using a dynamic back.. We were able to contact his Mom, Megan, who was kind enough to speak with me by phone. Eddie is a 16 year old young man with the diagnosis of spastic cerebral palsy and epilepsy.

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Dynamic Stories: An Interview with Robert’s Parents

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Robert is a Dynamic Seating old-timer. This 27 year old man has been using Dynamic Seating for about 10 years now. I had the privilege of speaking with Robert’s parents, Jeffrey and Mary Elizabeth, on the phone recently.

Daniel at baseball game

Dynamic Stories: An interview with Daniel’s Mom

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Daniel is a 17 year old young man with the diagnosis of cerebral palsy. He has been successfully using dynamic seating for over 5 years now. He started with a Kids Rock dynamic manual wheelchair. He currently uses a tilt in space manual wheelchair with a dynamic rocker back and dynamic footrests. I sat down with his Mom, Mary, to ask her some questions.

Time to Rock and Not Roll

Dynamic Stories: Time to Rock and Not Roll

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Phillip is a mover and a shaker – literally! This adult with developmental disabilities likes to move. He lives at a residential facility in Delaware. Years of rocking in his manual wheelchairs have left a trail of destruction. He has broken seating systems, mounting hardware, and wheelchair frames as a result of repeated and often strong movements.

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Amanda “Rocks” Her Wheelchair for a Walk – an interview with Tamara Kittelson-Aldred

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Tamara Kittelson-Aldred, M.S., OTR/L, ATP/SMS is an Occupational Therapist in Montana who has been practicing for more than 40 years! She has been using Dynamic Seating with the clients she serves for 10 – 15 years now. Tamara and I talked about her experiences with Dynamic Seating, particularly with one of her clients, Amanda.

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Phillip: an update on Dynamic Seating and Supporting Movement

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Phillip is a 61 year old man who resides at the Mary Campbell Center in Wilmington, DE. We featured Phillip in a blog in October of 2017. I had the opportunity to work with Phillip in May of 2017 and recommended Dynamic Seating components at the knees, back, and head. I wanted to catch up with his physical therapist, Diana Hoopes, to see how he is doing.

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Faith – Seeking Movement in Her Wheelchair

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We all like to move, some of us more than others. Faith loves to move! She is a 9-year-old girl with diagnoses including brain injury, cerebral palsy, seizures and blindness.

Clinician Interviews

Clinician Interview Macara McGregor

Clinician Interviews: Dynamic Seating in Manitoba with Macara McGregor

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Macara McGregor works at St. Amant, a center for adults and children with disabilities. Many residents live at the center, short or long term, and others attend day programs or the private school.

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Clinician Interview with Missy Tally – a long term approach

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Meet Melissa “Missy” Tally, PT Coordinator at the Perlman Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center as she shares her experiences with Dynamic Seating.

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Dynamic Seating – interventions and reality

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Jill Sparacio, OTR/L, ATP/SMS, ABDA has over 37 years’ experience in occupational therapy, specializing in seating and wheeled mobility. Jill uses Dynamic Seating quite a bit and took a moment to talk with us.

Jessica Presperin Pederson

Dynamic Seating: Looking Back and Ahead

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Jessica Presperin Pedersen MBA, OTR/L ATP/SMS is an amazing occupational therapist in the Chicago area who has vast seating and wheeled mobility experience.

Suzanne Eason

Dynamic Seating: Clinical Implications of Movement

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Suzanne Eason, OT/L is a rock star! This OT works at the St. Mary’s Home in Virginia and truly applies the latest evidence to her practice – all to the benefit of the clients she works with.

Amanda in her chair

Amanda “Rocks” Her Wheelchair for a Walk – an interview with Tamara Kittelson-Aldred

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Tamara Kittelson-Aldred, M.S., OTR/L, ATP/SMS is an Occupational Therapist in Montana who has been practicing for more than 40 years! She has been using Dynamic Seating with the clients she serves for 10 – 15 years now. Tamara and I talked about her experiences with Dynamic Seating, particularly with one of her clients, Amanda.

Vincent

Saving Wheelchair Equipment from Destruction: Dynamic Seating to the Rescue

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I recently presented a webinar on Dynamic Seating through AbleNet. One of the participants shared that he had successfully used Dynamic Seating with a client who routinely ‘destroyed’ seating and wheeled mobility equipment. Vincent Coratello is an Adapted Equipment Specialist and Minister of Fleet Operations at Allegheny Valley School in Hummelstown, PA.

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Wheelchairs, Fashion & Dancing – A Clinician Interview with Judy Garber

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Judy has been using Dynamic Seating since about 2013 and really likes it. She is mostly using Dynamic Seating to prevent breakage which she was seeing at wheelchair backcanes and footrests.

Suzanne Eason

Clinician Interview: Brain Power!

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I had the privilege to present with a group of colleagues on Dynamic Seating at the International Seating Symposium last year. One of my co-presenters was Suzanne Eason, OT/L who works at St. Mary’s Home in Virginia. Suzanne is very interested in the impact of movement on brain development. I recently had a conversation with my friend.

Supplier Interviews

Toby Bergantino

Dynamic Seating through the Years – an interview with Toby Bergantino

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Toby is an ATP who works for Numotion in Connecticut. I’ve had the opportunity to work with Toby on a few occasions and I truly admire his amazing knowledge and experience. He works quite a bit with dynamic seating and I had an opportunity to talk with him about that recently.

Vincent

Saving Wheelchair Equipment from Destruction: Dynamic Seating to the Rescue

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I recently presented a webinar on Dynamic Seating through AbleNet. One of the participants shared that he had successfully used Dynamic Seating with a client who routinely ‘destroyed’ seating and wheeled mobility equipment. Vincent Coratello is an Adapted Equipment Specialist and Minister of Fleet Operations at Allegheny Valley School in Hummelstown, PA.

JJ Waldrop

Lowering Agitation in High Tone Individuals with Dynamic Seating – A Supplier Interview with JJ Waldrop

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Supplier JJ Waldrop has worked for National Seating and Mobility in Richmond, Virginia for about 5 years now and has been using Dynamic Seating for even longer. He often works with Suzanne Eason, OT/L at St. Mary’s Home. JJ was kind enough to spend some time with me on the phone recently and we had a great conversation!

Joe Gilkerson

Dynamic Seating & Self-Propulsion: An interview with Joe Gilkerson

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Joe Gilkerson, ATP, works with Numotion in Salisbury, Maryland. I had a wonderful phone conversation with him recently in which he shared some dynamic seating experiences he has had with one of his clients, Blake and his journey to self propulsion.

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Supplier Interview: Dale Thomas – a success story!

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Dale Thomas is a supplier with National Seating and Mobility in Lexington, Kentucky. He is fairly new to this field, but certainly not to complex rehab equipment, having a young son who has cerebral palsy and uses wheelchair seating and mobility. Dale is a big fan of Dynamic Seating and agreed to talk with me by phone recently.

Cary Yarbrough of Action Seating and Mobility

Change Can Be Good! An Interview with Cary Yarbrough of Action Seating and Mobility

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Cary Yarbrough, ATP, works with Action Seating and Mobility in Sherwood, AK. He has been working with dynamic seating for many years, having mainly recommended the Kids Rock wheelchair in the past. When this was discontinued, he set out to find other options. Cary’s number one goal at the 2017 International Seating Symposium was to find Dynamic Seating – and he did at the Seating Dynamics booth.

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Supplier Interview: Concussions don’t Just Happen in Football

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Recently I had a nice conversation with a colleague about Dynamic Seating. Joe McKnight is Director of Business Development in California, Nevada, and Arizona for Numotion, and he has been in the wheelchair seating and mobility field for a long time – probably longer than he would like to admit! Having that much experience provides a unique view. Joe states that “how we practiced 30 years ago and how we practice now should be different. We need to re-evaluate how we are doing things and how we need to change.”