Considerations for Wheelchair Seating and Positioning for the Older Adult- An Introduction (on-demand webinar)

Course Description

This introductory course for clinicians will discuss the normal aging process and how additional positioning supports may be necessary when faced with medical complications. The clinicians will understand the different expectations involved parties may have related to seating, positioning and wheeled mobility. Concepts of function, support and positioning will be discussed as optimal as opposed to the “mythical” seating positions of “90/90/90” to further allow participation in self-care. Stability and comfort and how it interrelates with function will also be explored. In some settings a screening process for functional limitations related to positioning and seating may assist the clinician and this will covered.

This course will focus on the evaluation process for seating and positioning, including how to conduct a mat evaluation. Abnormalities and external considerations will also be explored in this presentation.

Prerequisites - None

Educational Level - Basic

Course Objectives

At the end of this course, the participant will be able to:

1)      Discuss the normal aging process and implications on positioning.

2)      Identify the key elements of a screening process

3)      Complete a patient evaluation related to seating and positioning.

Instructor - Colleen DeRitis, MA, OTR/L, ACE-CPT, COS-C, Cert LSVT-Big

Colleen A DeRitis is a licensed and registered OT with more than 22 years of clinical experience across a variety of settings. Mrs. DeRitis holds a Specialty Certification in Environmental Modification which facilitates aging in place and independent living for clients with life-limiting conditions. As an adjunct faculty member at New York University, Long Island University,  Dominican College and State University of New York-Downstate, Mrs. DeRitis has taught courses on Advanced Treatment Techniques, Clinical Conditions Across the Life Span, Therapeutic Environmental Design, and Biopsychosocial Maturation. She also has developed curriculum as part of an OT Internship Program for new graduates, a  workforce retraining for home health aides, and created and implemented an OT Telehealth Pilot Study for home care. Mrs. DeRitis contributed a chapter to the National Occupational Therapy Certification Exam Review Study Guide (Cottrell ) on Mastery of the Environment.  She earned her MA in occupational therapy from New York University, received her BA from Saint Joseph’s College. In addition, in 2014, she received her certification as a personal trainer and in LSVT Big, an evidence-based approach to working with patients with Parkinson’s Disease.


  • Satisfactory completion of this course will require the participant to complete a 10 question post-test with a minimum passing score of 70%.
Meets Requirements of: AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, MD, MI, MS, MO, MT, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY
Contact Hours: 2