Phillip: an update on Dynamic Seating and Supporting Movement

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

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. Diana graduated in 1975 from the University of Baltimore and later received her master’s degree in Special Education. Diana is retiring soon to spend time with her 11 grandchildren! She has worked at the Mary Campbell Center for many years and loves what she does.

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The 2019 International Seating Symposium

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

Every March, thousands of people working in the field of Seating and Wheeled Mobility come together for education, a chance to explore a massive and comprehensive exhibit area, networking, and catching up with old friends. The 2019 35th International Seating Symposium (ISS) in Pittsburgh did not disappoint, with over 2000 people from more than 35 countries in attendance. Continue reading

Let’s Get Together! Using Multiple Dynamic Seating Components

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

Dynamic Seating components are often used at the hips (dynamic backs), knees (dynamic footrests) and the neck (dynamic head supports). Dynamic components can be used individually, however combining these components can often maximize the impact Dynamic Seating can make and better meet the client’s needs. Continue reading

Dynamic Seating: What Does the Research Say? Part 3

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

Our last two blogs explored some of the published research that has been done on Dynamic Seating, demonstrating the effectiveness of this intervention for many of the clients using wheelchair technologies. This blog will review some additional research that has been presented at Wheeled Seating and Mobility conferences such as the International Seating Symposium, but has not been published. Although this information is not in the literature, it can still be helpful in directing our interventions.

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Dynamic Seating: What Does the Research Say? Part 2

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

Our last blog explored some of the research that has been done on Dynamic Seating, demonstrating the effectiveness of this intervention for many of the clients using wheelchair technologies. This blog will review 3 additional studies. Although these studies are now dated, the information is still relevant to our practice today. More studies are needed, however, to update the evidence we use to inform our practice. Continue reading

Dynamic Seating: What Does the Research Say? Part 1

Seating Dynamics Fumgali Dynamic VS Rigid Seat System Cerebral Palsy
R82 x:panda dynamic seating system used in Fumagalli research

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

If you have been reading our blogs, thanks! You have seen that we are passionate about Dynamic Seating and have addressed many issues in these blogs and in other resources – clinical indicators, case studies, clinician and supplier perspectives, funding, maintenance and more! In this blog series, I would like to address Evidence. Is there Evidence for the use of Dynamic Seating? Continue reading

FAQ: Can Dynamic Seating be used on a Power Wheelchair? Yes! Let’s Talk Compatibility.

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

Ted Ruckstuhl is the Business Development Manager at Seating Dynamics. You may have spoken to him on the phone, he provides quite a bit of support to customers that way. One question he is asked frequently is whether Dynamic Seating can be used on a power wheelchair. Continue reading

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

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

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!

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