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Introduction to Seated Positioning

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Adaptive Design Association

313 W 36th St

New York, NY 10001

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A 2-part course: How careful positioning, in sitting, maximizes comfort, alignment and function, and how to achieve those goals.

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This workshop is primarily intended for clinicians responsible for seated positioning of clients with physical disabilities, but it is open to anyone with an interest: parents, ergonomists, designers, etc.


In part 1, we will first identify the vital role positioning plays in enhancing performance, then learn/review the basic principles and terminology related to seating. With that foundation, part 2 will focus on assessing positioning challenges for an individual and determining how to address those challenges via mat evaluation, taking measurements, and an overview of types of positioning devices for specific needs. We end with group brainstorming around positioning dilemmas faced by participants.


This workshop was originally a face-to-face offering, presenting 5 hours of content on a single day. Because that's a long time to attend to a computer screen, the online version has been shortened to 4 hours long, divided into two 2-hour parts. Part two may be offered on the same day as Part 1, with a break between, or on a different day. Scheduled courses for the remainder of 2020 are all on Wednesdays:

Part 1: Aug 26, 2 PM; Part 2: Sep 2, 2 PM

Part 1: Sep 30, 11 AM; Part 2: Sep 30, 5:30 PM

Part 1: Oct 21, 5:30 PM; Part 2: Oct 28, 5:30 PM

Part 1: Nov 18, 11 AM; Part 2: Nov 18, 2:00 PM

Part 1: Dec 16, 3:00 PM; Part 2: Dec 16, 6:00 PM

Both parts of the workshop are necessary to achieve the stated objectives. When you sign up for Part I on this page, you will be given a link to the page where you can register for Part 2 on any available date after your Part1 date. The fee of $200. covers both parts.


By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

(1) examine commonly held misconceptions related to the origin of positioning problems and selecting solutions

(2) identify general and specific factors that need to be considered in developing solutions to positioning problems

(3) list the purposes of the clinical assessment process and steps in the process of evaluating an individual’s needs.

(4) describe the clinical intervention process, which turning assessment data into a set of recommendations for positioning equipment necessary to achieve that position.



30 minutes BEFORE listed start time: OPTIONAL SESSION

Log in early to familiarize yourself with the Zoom interface and troubleshoot any difficulties with access.

• Introductions and agenda review 10 minutes

• Basic Principles - 20 min

• Positioning Specifics - 40 min

• Clinical assessment and measurement exercise - 50 min


• Recap 5 min

• Clinical Interventions - 45 min

• Types of commercial positioning - 40

• Examples of custom positioning / group problem-solving - 20 min

• Summary and resource sharing - 10 min


PROVIDER CANCELLATION: ADA reserves the right to cancel a course if there are fewer than 5 paid registrations. In the event of a cancellation, you will be offered the option to select another date or receive a full refund.

PARTICIPANT CANCELLATION: The deadline for registration is one week before the date of the course. Cancellation will be accepted until that time, with either a refund, minus a $20. administrative fee, or rescheduling for another date (no charge). After the deadline, no refund will be made; rescheduling is at the option of Adaptive Design. (NOTE: Administrative fee waived in the event of cancellation due to COVID-19 restrictions.)

SPECIAL NEEDS REQUESTS: If you have special needs or have questions about the activities included in this hands-on course, please contact us by phone (212.904.1200) as soon as possible. We will make every effort to accommodate your needs in a safe manner.

NOTE: Occupational therapists completing this course can earn 0.2 AOTA Continuing Education Units for each of the two parts of this course*. For more AOTA details, please see this document.

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Adaptive Design Association

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