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.
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.
Seating Dynamics just returned from the Pacific Northwest! Ted Ruckstuhl and Michelle Lange traveled to the area to provide two Dynamic Seating CEU courses and some local inservices. It was wonderful to meet with everyone, enjoy the beautiful area and, yes, get rained on! We also drank a lot of coffee, yum!
On St. Patrick’s Day, we had the opportunity to participate in the Salisbury, MD Numotion NuFair. Approximately 45 therapists from the surrounding areas attended 3 CEU courses and the extensive exhibits.
Michelle Lange presented on Dynamic Seating and Seating Dynamics exhibited. The attendees were great and enjoyed learning more about this practice area!
This is our third and last blog summing up a wonderful 2017 International Seating Symposium in Nashville. I had the privilege of presenting a workshop on the topic of “Positioning the Head.” A great group gathered in the ballroom in search of answers for those clients who persist with less than desirable head positions despite our best efforts.
Now, I tend to throw chocolate in my sessions, and I have a pretty good arm, but I could only throw about a third of the length of this room, so I encouraged folks to move up for chocolate – and to see the screen! Continue reading →
President and Principal Designer, Seating Dynamics
Having attended all but five of the International Seating Symposiums since 1987, I can say that it has always been the greatest place on earth to learn about wheelchair seating, simple as that. The opportunity that I have had as a designer to meet and listen to people about the problems that they face on a daily basis is unbeatable. Those of you who know me undoubtedly know that I love a challenge and when someone explains a problem that has no solution, I don’t see it as a problem, but as an opportunity. Often I say, “I can fix that”! Continue reading →
The Seating Dynamics van made the trek from Denver to Nashville in time to exhibit at the International Seating Symposium or ISS. Over 2000 people attended this event from all over the world! ISS offers great educational courses, an enormous exhibit hall, and wonderful networking. A good time was had by all! Continue reading →