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Digital Seminar

Wheelchair Seating & Mobility: Solutions for the Challenges and Risks

Diane Warns
Full Day
Audio and Video
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Oct 04, 2016
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Digital Seminar


  • Hands-on exploration of the latest equipment options
  • Key considerations for device selection
  • Evaluation of posture, asymmetries, and dimensions
  • Problem-solving for difficult cases or presentations
  • Writing effective letters of medical justification
  • Functional uses for pressure mapping
  • Creative and cost-effective ideas for adapting poor-fitting wheelchairs

There are few courses available addressing the important topic of wheelchair seating and positioning.

  • Get funding approval for equipment needed
  • Learn advanced problem-solving skills for even your most challenging clients
  • Hands-on learning opportunities with actual wheelchairs and positioning devices
  • Leave with new abilities to assess for client comfort and safety
  • Evaluate successful letters explaining medical justification
  • New strategies for pressure mapping resources will be provided

This one-day course will provide you with the latest tools to increase confidence and proficiency when it comes to proper wheelchair fit, repairs, and support!




NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after completing and passing the on-line post-test evaluation). 

Continuing Education Information:  Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this non-interactive self-study package. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether self-study is an acceptable form of continuing education. Please refer to your state rules and regulations. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards

California Nurses

PESI, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of  Registered Nursing, Provider #: 17118 for 6.0 self-study contact hours. 

** You will need to provide your license number to PESI. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

Florida Nurses

CE Broker

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Florida Board of  Nursing. Provider #: FBN2858. These materials qualify for 6.0 self-study contact hours.

Iowa Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Provider #: 346. Nurses successfully completing these self-study materials will earn 7.5 self-study contact hours. Please email with your license number, include the title, speaker name and date. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

Florida Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants

CE Broker

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy. Provider Number #50-399. This course qualifies for 6.2 self-study continuing education credits.

California Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

PESI, Inc. is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approval agency to approve providers. This self-study lecture qualifies for 6.25 continuing competency hours.

Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

This self-study course consists of 6.25 clock hours of instruction that is applicable for physical therapists. CE requirements for physical therapists vary by state/jurisdiction. Please retain the certificate of completion that you receive and use as proof of completion when required.

Illinois Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

PESI, Inc. is a Registered Physical Therapy Continuing Education Sponsor through the State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Professional Regulation. License #: 216.000270. This self-study course qualifies for 6.0 CE credit hours.

New York Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department, State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider for physical therapy and physical therapy assistant continuing education. This self-study course qualifies for 7.5 contact hours.

Other Professions

This self-study activity qualifies for 6.25 continuing education clock hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.



Diane Warns Related seminars and products:

Diane Warns, PT, is a RESNA certified Physical Therapist with over 25 years of experience in the area of developmental disabilities and seating and mobility. Diane received her BS in physical therapy from SUNY Stony Brook in 1990.

She has held positions in private as well as public schools, orthopedic practices and ICF’s. In all these settings she has provided a full pallet of therapy services including all aspects of seating and mobility.

Diane was the Director of Physical Therapy at UCPN of Nassau County where she was responsible for all adult, as well as outpatient physical therapy clinics, including their very busy Seating and Mobility Clinic. This is one of the few, and largest, seating clinics of its kind in the area.

Diane has continued her study and practice concentrating on the area of wheelchair seating and mobility as a means to best serve her population and provide them with independence and mobility.

Speaker Disclosure:

Financial: Diane Warns provides physical therapist consulting services. Ms. Warns receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Diane Warns is RESNA certified as an Assistive Technology Professional.

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Physical Evaluation

  • Ability to ambulate and perform functional ADLs
  • Ability to transfer
  • History (including prior equipment and skin integrity issues)
    • Tone
    • At rest
    • During activity
  • Seated measurements
    • Posture assessment such as scoliosis, pelvic obliquity
    • Determining appropriate size of wheelchair and seating system
  • ROM measurements
    • Goniometric measurements to validate need and necessary accommodations
    • Mat assessment for posture/fixed deformities
  • Point of access assessment
    • How the individual will drive the w/c (joystick, head control…)
  • Ability to self-propel considerations
    • Lightweight wheelchair and accessories to self-propel
    • Adjustable axles to properly configure chair

Utilizing Pressure Mapping

  • Documentation purposes
    • Justification for more expensive pressure-relieving cushion or seating system
  • Educational purposes
    • Patient and family education/training
  • Determining appropriate cushions
    • Where adequate pressure relief is found
  • Evaluating pressure relief results

Adapting a Poorly Fitting Wheelchair: Problem-Solving Solutions

  • Identification of positioning issues in existing equipment
  • Solutions to adapt the equipment to improve positioning and function
  • Analyzing poor postures and determining causes as well as steps to rectify the issue

Types of Manual Wheelchairs and Appropriate Users

  • Manual
    • Adult - rigid, folding, standard, lightweight
    • Pediatric – rigid, folding, Early Intervention (strollers)
  • Tilt in Space
    • Adult
    • Pediatric
    • Self-propel

Types of Power Wheelchairs

  • Front wheel drive
  • Mid wheel drive
  • Rear wheel drive
  • Programmable electronics
  • Scooters

Seat Backs: Types and Indications

  • Sling
  • Planar
  • Curved
  • Curved with lateral support
  • Custom with trunk laterals

Seat Cushions: Types and Indications

  • Standard or basic foam
  • Contoured
  • Pressure relieving
  • Custom molded

Head and Cervical Supports: Types and Indications

  • Basic curved
  • Contoured with posterior and lateral support
  • Current equipment will be available to examine/trial

Transportation in a Motor Vehicle

  • Frames and seating systems that have been crash tested
  • WC19 transit approved

Writing an Effective Letter of Medical Justification

  • Information that must be included
  • Tips to streamline
  • Letter examples and case studies



  1. Explain the different types of wheelchairs and who they are appropriate for.
  2. Distinguish which types of wheelchairs and seating systems insurances will fund.
  3. Determine how to measure someone for an appropriate wheelchair fit.
  4. Demonstrate how to write an effective letter of medical justification.
  5. Analyze real patient problems to guide the selection process for seating solutions.
  6. Differentiate between the various wheelchair cushions available for pressure relief purposes.
  7. Evaluate actual equipment types, wheelchairs, cushions and positioning aids.


Target Audience

Nurses, Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapists/Physical Therapist Assistants, and other Healthcare Professionals



Overall:      4.5

Total Reviews: 40


Anna M

"Great course and well presented ! "

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