Seating and Positioning (1) The Physiology of Seating vs the Physics of Seating

Presented by Karen M. Kangas, OTR/L, Seating, Mobility and Positioning Specialist

This first part of this three part recorded webinar series focuses on the true physiology of seating and positioning. Unfortunately, most therapists have been taught to look at equipment and the student at a single point in time, as was developed as an assessment process in seating clinics for adults. However, seating in not a single point in time, nor a single position, but rather a range of postures within activity, developing within every child within his or her environment. Since students with complex bodies are usually not mobile or have limited independent mobility, static postures are frequently expected. It is time to expand our knowledge of active seating and its impact on task engagement. Part one focuses on how this can happen, and what we need to learn about our student’s bodies to support them in increasing their repertoire of control.

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