Seating and Positioning has become a standard performance expectation of most rehabilitation therapists, particularly for those practicing in skilled nursing or pediatric settings. This course is intended for intermediate learners and presents the fundamentals of seating and positioning for both pediatric and adult populations. The most commonly encountered situations and conditions are the focus; however, by understanding the basic fundamental principles involved in a seating and positioning intervention, the Learner should be able to resolve almost any seating and positioning problem caused by any condition for any client at any age.


Pre-course preparation (4 hours of online lectures) and 1 day at a clinical site.

Target Audience: Intermediate level course open to licensed physical and occupational therapists.

Credits: 12 contact hours (4 online and 8 on-site) from EIM Institutes of Health Professions

Program Applicability: Neurologic Physical Therapy ResidencyCertification, and Postprofessional DPT (NR 202E; .27 credits)

Prerequisites: None

Appropriate dress: Participants are asked to bring appropriate attire for lab sessions (i.e. shorts and t-shirts and sports bras for women) and air-conditioned environments throughout the day (i.e. warm-up or work-out clothes).


  1. Describe the benefits of appropriate seating and positioning for a wheelchair user.
  2. Identify potential candidates and clinical presentations appropriate for a seating and positioning intervention.
  3. Accurately and thoroughly evaluate a patient for optimum seating and positioning.
  4. Determine appropriate goals of a seating and positioning intervention.
  5. Identify, compare and select product(s) to meet determined goals.
  6. The key elements of documentation necessary for reimbursement.
  7. Identify potential sources of and justification for third-party funding of wheelchair modifications, accessories and components that facilitate optimum seating and positioning.

Most importantly – be able to apply this stuff to your clinical practice next week!

References Required and supplementary articles are listed in each weekly module and can be downloaded from the Moodle Learning Management System.


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