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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A Dynamic Journey – a solution to wheelchair breakage and so much more

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

This blog addresses various aspects of Dynamic Seating – seating that provides movement in response to client forces. Just how do people actually find this solution? Well, many caregivers and health care professionals are working with a client who has broken their seating system, mounting hardware and/or mobility base. Wheelchair breakage may occur repeatedly over time. Each time something breaks, the client is at risk of injuring themselves and may not be able to use the wheelchair at all until repairs are made. It can be quite challenging to repeatedly submit for funding for these repairs, as well. As a result, someone close to this client starts looking for a solution. Continue reading

Maintaining Head Support Position – let’s do the math!

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

I see a lot of clients for head positioning in their wheelchair seating system. This requires a thorough seating assessment, as well as providing the best product. Even if I choose what I believe to be the very best head support for a client, I find that maintaining the position of that support is a challenge. I continually find that the hardware has moved, often resulting in a sub-optimal head position for the client.

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Dynamic Stories: Eddie and the Broken Wheelchair

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

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. Eddie went from a Kid Kart to a Zippie Iris and is now in a PDG Stellar with a Ride Designs back. He has been using a Seating Dynamics Dynamic Rocker Back interface since May of 2016. Continue reading

The Label Game – which clients use Dynamic Seating?

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

When I first began working with clients more than 30 years ago (yikes!), I saw many children with the diagnosis of cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is an umbrella diagnosis with many other diagnoses residing underneath. As the practice of medicine has progressed, many children have more specific diagnoses thanks to more advanced diagnostic technologies, such as MRIs.

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The Dynamic Rocker Back Interface: when should I lock it out?

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

The Dynamic Rocker Back Interface (DRBi) is a Dynamic Back that moves in response to client force. The elastomers in this Dynamic Back then return the client to an upright position. Some Dynamic Seating components “lock-out” or “latch” to temporarily render the component static. When should the DRBi be locked out?

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Dynamic Stories: Kylie’s Shoes

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

Kylie and I have known each other for a long time. This young woman lives in Wyoming and works in the theatre. Kylie has cerebral palsy and has used a power wheelchair and speech generating device since a young age. She has recently started using dynamic seating. I spoke with Kylie and her mom, Chele, by phone.

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Dynamic Stories: An Interview with Robert’s Parents

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

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.

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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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