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It Is More Than 4 Wheels! A three-day workshop on seating and mobility.

February 24, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

$135.00 – $575.00

It Is More Than 4 Wheels! A three-day workshop on seating and mobility.

Live Online via Zoom

February 24, 2023 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
February 25, 2023 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
February 26, 2023 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Session level: Beginner – Intermediate

Group registration rates available, with a 20% discount, when purchased on the same order of 6 or more people.


What is the MAT Assessment? Critical pathways and assessment data required for completion of a seating and wheelchair assessment

Key Words:
-Hands on
-3 pt positioning
-Center of gravity related to centre of mass

Learning objectives:
-Describe surfaces on which to complete a hands-on mat assessment
-Learn how to do a MAT Assessment
-Review how simulation of posture leads to seating parameters and set up
-List three components of 3 pt positioning.
-List three components of the Mat Assessment
-List two postural tendencies
-Describe how centre of mass influences centre of gravity set up of the seating and mobility base.

Session Description:

Completing a thorough but yet concise assessment has always been a challenge in seating mobility and is even more of a challenge when carried out in the community setting.  It is imperative to gather appropriate assessment data but with time constraints as well as environmental challenges inherent in community settings this can prove to be a daunting task for the community therapist.  This workshop will review what information is critical and how to access it in the clinical as well as the community setting. A good seating and mobility evaluation involves not only the assessment, but the consideration of many client factors including physical, functional and lifestyle.  These factors play a large role in determining the prescription of seating components and wheelchair frames/design to enhance functionality and overall performance for daily quality of life issues.  It is imperative that we recognize that seating is not exclusive of mobility or the other way around.  One enhances the other and therefore must be considered together when completing an initial MAT assessment to achieve a final assistive technology prescription.  Assessment of postural tendencies and simulation of a support system with appropriate forces is imperative before a product prescription can be completed.  This must be completed in order to determine if there are deformity tendencies in more than one anatomical plane, as well as to determine balance and dependent sitting concerns. This workshop will review critical points for the seating prescription based on hands-on assessment and simulation. We will be reviewing complex seating involving 3 point positioning to reduce postural tendencies.  Consideration will be given to lines and angles of force based on client centre of mass and positioning. We will also explore seating set-up to address pressure issues along with postural concerns.  Our goal will be to provide our clients with postural control, and functionality while considering pressure and physiological functions.


The Mobility Piece: Manual wheelchair considerations and set up

Key Words:
-Propulsion: hand and foot
-Centre of Gravity
-Centre of Mass
-Camber, dump, squeeze
-Performance – casters, wheels
-Tilt, recline, footrest/footplate angles

Session Description:

Once the client has been assessed for seating, then consideration of the manual wheelchair can be completed. This workshop will review the seating set up required to assist in determining chair size, seat and back angles, seat to floor heights, and wheel size for propulsion. Therefore, body measurements will be reviewed with respect to chair sizing.  Frame styles and weights will also be reviewed along with considerations for wheels, tires, casters and overall performance.   This will include a look at tilt/recline and when change in orientation should be considered.  It will also include adjustments for centre of gravity and centre of mass changes.


The Mobility Piece: Power Wheelchair Considerations including Power Seating/Standing, and Power Assist

Key Words:
-Power Seating
-Drive wheel Placement
-Power Assist
-Power Standing
-Site access

Session Description:

Once the client has been assessed for seating and determination has been completed with respect to the need for power, the client must be assessed for driving capacity and site access with supported seating in place.  Considerations will need to be reviewed with respect to power seating, power assist, drive wheel placement and access/joystick styles.  This workshop will include measuring and set up as well as justification for power seating and standing.

About the Presenter:

Sheila is an Occupational Therapist and owner of her Seating and Mobility Consulting company Therapy NOW in Ontario, Canada. Sheila has spoken extensively in Ireland, Norway, Oceania and North America on Seating and Mobility concepts for the very young to the very old. Her audiences have included but are not limited to Physio and Occupational Therapists, nurses, doctors, case managers, DME vendors and manufacturers of seating and mobility products.  Her extensive knowledge related to the provision of assistive technology for mobility is reflected in her book, “More Than 4 Wheels:  Applying clinical practice to seating, mobility and assistive technology. 3rd edition”. This excellent clinical guide is currently being used as a learning tool around the world with over 1500 copies sold. Sheila is also a contributing author in the publication “Seating and Wheeled Mobility: A Clinical Resource Guide”.  Sheila is known for her dynamic sessions which are enhanced by demonstrations of practical suggestions, as well as her compassion for her clients and advancing her learning and skills to those she works with.


February 24, 2023
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
$135.00 – $575.00
Event Category:


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