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CE Article: Seating and Positioning for Productive Aging

Felicia Chew, MS, OTR/L, Genesis Rehab Services, Kennett Square, PA

***The end date for this CE Article has been extended to June 30, 2017.***

Earn .1 AOTA CEU (1.25 NBCOT PDU/1 contact hour)


The need for seating and positioning to engage in occupations is frequently addressed by occupational therapy in a variety of ways using a variety of approaches. Although a practitioner might assume only a biomechanical approach to the seating and positioning needs of a client, doing so may result in overlooking the person’s preferred occupations. The purpose of this article is to facilitate an occupation-based approach to seating and positioning with older adult clients, and to provide occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants with knowledge to meet these clients’ basic seating and positioning needs. By using an occupation-based approach, occupational therapy offers a unique contribution to the challenges of seating and positioning, thereby enhancing the lives of clients and allowing them to live life to its fullest.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the underlying biomechanical and functional principles that are the foundation.
  2. Identify triggers that would indicate a need for a comprehensive seating and positioning.
  3. Identify the elements of a comprehensive seating and positioning evaluation.
  4. Recognize the importance of the client’s ability to engage in occupations to support.

Learning Level: Entry

Target Audience: Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants

Content Focus: Category 1: Domain of OT; Category 2: OT Process: Evaluation, Intervention.

Reference Information:

Chew, F., (2014). Seating and Positioning for Productive Aging. OT Practice,19(2). CE-1–CE-8

    Additional Details:

    SKU: CEA0214
    Product Type: Download
    Year Published: 2014

    • AOTA Continuing Education
    • Practitioner
    • Continuing Education
    • Across Practice Areas/General Practice
    • Seating
    • Positioning
    • Gerontology
    • Wheelchair