Balancing Act: Providing Support and Stability in a Dynamic World with Judy Rowley 9:30am - 11:00am


Level: Beginner-Intermediate

Optimal equipment selection is a dynamic process and consumers utilise seating and mobility equipment in motion. Dynamic evaluation helps determine whether product choices are viable for postural control and stability while meeting the functional and mobility goals of the individual.
Determining the optimal balance and stability required for individuals can enhance their ability to function. Optimal configuration of the seating components in relationship to the mobility device to maximise propulsion and other functional activities will be presented.


Understanding the Structure/Function/Features of Seating Products & their Relationship to Consumer Need with Judy Rowley 1:00pm - 3:00pm


Level: Intermediate


All seat products are constructed of combinations of materials in various shapes to achieve desired outcomes of support, stability and pressure distribution. These materials have specific intrinsic characteristics which are often compared. They are also affected by extrinsic factors which can alter their properties and performance. Selecting a seating system for an individual can present many challenges. Clinicians evaluate consumers and focus on prescribing products which manage abnormal tone, accommodate or prevent deformity, improve or maintain functional skills, and accommodate for impaired sensation (May et al 2000).
As goals are prioritized, equipment selection can often be a compromise – sacrificing stability for skin protection or function for postural control. This workshop will provide a review of various materials and structural design characteristics used in ‘off the shelf’ seat surfaces. It will focus on how you must evaluate these and prescribe to address individual consumer orthopaedic presentation, posture and asymmetries while considering material performance, contour, design and their impact on functional independence.


1. Participants will be able to describe the effects cushion materials and shapes have on pelvic support and seated posture.
2. Participants will be able to describe at least 3 seated trunk postures and how trunk support impacts function and positioning.
3. Participants will be able to list at least three postural effects of insufficient pelvic and trunk support and the long-term impact those postures can have on function and equipment needs.