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Let's Roll! The Art of Performing Seating & Mobility Evaluations

Kirsten Davin, OTD, OTR/L, ATP, SMS |  Trisha Farmer Farmer, COTA/L
5 Hours 23 Minutes
Sep 12, 2017
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Incorporating Assistive Technology

An estimated 1.6 million Americans utilize assistive technology to achieve improved independence. For health care workers, the responsibility of evaluating clients, determining needs, and seeking out the most appropriate form of assistive technology, such as powered mobility, augmentative or assistive communication technology, wheelchair seating systems, and more can often be quite intimidating.

Back by popular demand and all new!  Dr. Davin has designed this recording to provide health care professionals and therapists with a working knowledge of performing seating and mobility evaluations, troubleshooting existing seating systems, as well as the skills to incorporate assistive technology into therapeutic practice to increase their client’s independence.  Evaluation and assessment techniques and procedures will be presented, including common diagnoses which often warrant alternative mobility, controls or other forms of assistive technology. Information regarding a variety of cutting edge equipment, including mobility bases, seating and positioning options will be reviewed, as well as the abundance of features which may be obtained to increase the client’s overall functional independence. Funding sources will be identified, and participants will receive detailed instruction regarding the development of letters of medical necessity, as well as key elements to include in such documents for equipment approval.

For those currently struggling with patients in poor sitting positions, whether it is in a skilled nursing facility, acute care center, home health setting or elsewhere, this recording is a must!


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Kirsten Davin, OTD, OTR/L, ATP, SMS's Profile

Kirsten Davin, OTD, OTR/L, ATP, SMS Related seminars and products

Dr. Kirsten Davin is a veteran occupational therapist with over 22 years of extensive experience in a variety of inpatient and acute care practice since obtaining her occupational therapy degree in 2001. She is best known for her live, national speaking tours, as she has conducted thousands of workshops and courses on the topics of splinting, seating/positioning, assistive technology, acute care assessment and intervention, work/life balance and more. She currently holds three specialty certifications as an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP), a Seating and Mobility Specialist (SMS) and a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS).

Kirsten received her doctorate in occupational therapy in 2007 and graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2001. She was named the 2016 recipient of the VGM HME (Home Medical Equipment) Woman of the Year award, presented at the fall MedTrade conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Currently, she serves as faculty and the academic fieldwork coordinator for Baylor University’s occupational therapy doctorate (OTD) program in Waco, Texas.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Kirsten Davin maintains private practice and has employment relationships with Baylor University, Lincoln Land Community College, and Memorial Medical Center. She is a consultant for Performance Health. Dr. Davin receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. All relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations have been mitigated.
Non-financial: Dr. Kirsten Davin is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Illinois Occupational Therapy Association.

Trisha Farmer Farmer, COTA/L Related seminars and products

Trisha Farmer, COTA/L, a nationally renowned speaker and educator, holds extensive experience in all aspects of acute care, including neurology, complex trauma, orthopedics and a multitude of diagnoses involving medically complex and clinically fragile patients. Clinically, she is currently employed within a Level I Trauma Center, which holds a nationally recognized stroke center and Regional Burn Center, where she routinely develops innovative and evidence-based treatment plans for patient’s experiencing a wide variety of diagnoses.

In addition to her clinical expertise, Trisha serves as a continuing education instructor for multiple organizations, specializing in the provision of continuing education in the field of acute care therapy as well as wheelchair seating/positioning.  In her spare time, Trisha works closely with volunteer and non-profit organizations with a focus on veterans and suicide awareness.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Trisha Farmer has an employment relationship with Memorial Medical Center; and Saint Louis University Hospital. She receives an honorarium from Performance Health Academy. Ms. Farmer receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Trisha Farmer has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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  1. Confidently troubleshoot a variety of wheelchair seating and positioning issues for patients in a multitude of settings
  2. Receive an arsenal of information on equipment options, cushions, backs, quick fixes and other seating and positioning products to better your patient
  3. Identify the appropriate assistive technology devices required to meet the client’s needs
  4. Explain the many intricacies of performing a seating and mobility evaluation and how to best integrate this evaluation into therapeutic practice
  5. Identify successful methods of documenting and obtaining funding for assistive technology
  6. Create an original letter of medical necessity to obtain funding for various forms of assistive technology
  7. Review a variety of common etiologies and pathologies which may necessitate assistive technology



  • Power wheelchairs
    • Center, front, and rear wheel drive chair comparison
    • Turning radius, environmental benefits/liabilities
  • Manual wheelchairs
    • Standard, lightweight, and ultra-lightweight chair comparison
    • Turning radius, environmental benefits/liabilities
  • Bariatric wheelchairs, seating systems and product lines
  • Seating systems
    • Overview of cushion types
      • Comparison and selection algorithm
      • New, cost efficient and, easy-to-implement equipment
    • Seating accessories
  • Augmentative and alternative communication
    • Easy to implement, tech friendly options


  • Referral process
  • Client assessment process
    • Evaluate client’s current equipment
    • Obtain client’s medical and functional history
    • Home environment
    • Physical assessment
    • Obtainment of anthropometric measurements
      • Hands-on measurement lab
      • Measurement application to troubleshooting
    • Identification of orthopedic deformities
  • Review of sample evaluation (case study example)


  • Determine the appropriate equipment based upon client’s needs and presentation
  • Equipment algorithms
  • Alternative equipment options for low budget situations


  • Design of letter of medical necessity
  • Review of sample letter of medical necessity


  • Extensive review of a multitude of problem seating situations with solutions!
    • Forward flexion, “pulling out” of wheelchair (w/c), “sliding forward” from seating system, lateral leaning in w/c, and more!
  • Low cost options to improving the client’s current equipment
  • An abundance of case studies, images and solutions to your toughest seating issues!


Target Audience

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Nurses
  • DME Providers
  • Rehab Directors
  • Directors of Nursing
  • Case Managers
  • Physicians
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Social Workers
  • Special Education Teachers
  • School-Based Therapists
  • Long-Term Care Therapists and Administrators
  • Caregivers


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