ISS 2018 & Dynamic Seating: Enhancing Participation through Movement

Michelle L. Lange, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS

The International Seating Symposium takes place each March and this year returned to beautiful Vancouver, Canada. I had the privilege to present a pre-symposium half-day course on Dynamic Seating: Enhancing Participation through Movement with Jessica Presperin Pedersen, OTD, MBA, OTR/L, ATP/SMS. We had a full house with participants from around the world interested in Dynamic Seating. In addition to the presented content, we had a significant amount of questions and interaction with the attendees. We also had a variety of dynamic seating products in the room for the attendees to explore at the end of the session.

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A Busy Education Season

Greg Peek

This year the industry compressed all three of our major shows, as well as some smaller ones, into a much tighter time frame.  We started this year’s show season on January 23rd and just ended on March 11th.  We attended:

  • The NuMotion NLC Expo in Houston.
  • The Travis Medical conference in Georgetown, TX with Michelle Lange teaching a class on Dynamic Seating.
  • The NSM sponsored class in Oklahoma City where Michelle Lange and Ginny Paleg each taught classes.
  • The International Seating Symposium (ISS) in Vancouver, British Columbia where Michelle Lange and Jessica Pedersen taught a class on Dynamic Seating.
  • The National Seating and Mobility, NSM Seating Symposium in Orlando.

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Determining Resistance: Head Support

Michelle L. Lange, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS

This blog is the third in a series on determining the optimal resistance when using dynamic components. The first blog in this series addressed determining resistance in the Dynamic Rocker Back Interface (DRBi) and the second blog addressed finding the optimal resistance when using Dynamic Footrests. In this final blog, we shall turn to the Dynamic Head Support Hardware.

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Determining Resistance: Dynamic Footrests

Michelle L. Lange, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS

Our last blog discussed how to determine the correct resistance for a Dynamic Rocker Back interface (DRBi). When a client moves within their seating system, the elastomers in the DRBi compress and the stored energy helps to return the client to upright. Various elastomers are available to provide the most appropriate level of resistance for an individual.

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Clinician Interview: Brain Power!

Michelle L. Lange, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS

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.

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Peanut Butter and Jelly: Dynamic Footrests and Securing the Feet

Michelle L. Lange, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS

In a recent blog, we discussed how, just like Bread and Butter, use of a Dynamic Back requires the use of a Pelvic Positioning Belt to maintain the position of the pelvis during movement of the Dynamic Back. Well, just like Peanut Butter and Jelly, use of Dynamic Footrests requires the feet to be secured in order for client forces to activate this dynamic component.

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