A Clinical Application Guide to Standardized Wheelchair Seating Measures of the
Body and Seating Support Surfaces (Rev. Ed)
This guide was created to increase the adoption of standardized measures and
terminology related to wheelchair seated posture and seating equipment parameters.
It is intended to translate a highly technical international standard into a format and
language that is easier to understand and clinically useful. This standard, titled ISO
16840 (2006): Wheelchair seating-Part 1: Vocabulary, reference axis convention and
measures for body segments, posture and postural support surfaces , was published
This guide can be used as a reference manual to look up the most appropriate terms or
measurements during clinical practice. Available
Glossary of Wheelchair Terms and Definitions, Version 1.0
This glossary was created to promote the adoption of standardized terminology related
to wheelchairs and wheelchair seated posture. The field of wheelchair seating is
interdisciplinary, and clear communication among team members is critical to effective
decision making and positive outcomes for the consumer. This glossary includes a
comprehensive, searchable list of terms and definitions related to wheelchairs,
wheelchair seating, and wheelchair seated posture. Available
Seating and Wheeled Mobility: A Clinical Resource Guide
A Clinical Resource Guide presents clinical assessment considerations when working
with a person with a disability who may need wheelchair seating for postural support,
skin integrity, or a wheelchair base to best meet dependent or independent mobility
Michelle L. Lange and Jean Minkel have designed this text to support occupational and
physical therapists, complex rehabilitation technology suppliers, and even third-party
payers who are interested in wheelchair seating and mobility assessment and
applications. Seating and Wheeled Mobility provides a wide spectrum of information
from foundational information for those practitioners who are new to the field to in-
depth, population-specific information for practitioners who perhaps have not worked
with a particular population in the past.
Special Seating: An Illustrated Guide - Revised Edition by Jean Anne Zollars, PT,
DPT, MA 2010
This book was written to provide a step-by step guide to evaluate consumers and
design seating/mobility systems based on those evaluations. With 500 clear
illustrations, the book is easy-to-read and designed for anyone -- beginner
through expert -- involved in creating appropriate seating and mobility systems
for people with disabilities. The book breaks down the seating assessment
process, beginning with the basics, then adds more complexity in terms of
physical, postural and functional issues for consumers with more complex needs.
"Hand simulation" (the therapist using hands and body to assess specific
postural support for the seated consumer) as well as material simulation is
emphasized. Intended to make the seating assessment and design process as
clear as possible, the book is filled with case studies and design tips. As
technology changes, the specific seating/mobility suggestions are based on the
consumer's needs instead of current manufacturer's brands.
Special Seating: An Illustrated Guide - Revised Edition (373 pages, ISBN #978-
1-4507-3735-7) is available from Prickly Pear Publications for $69.95 plus
shipping and handling. Ebook also available for $29.95. Order at
Wheelchair Seating and Positioning
Guides- for therapists
These guides were developed to be a resource for emerging or novice practitioners in
the practice of seating and wheeled mobility. They are an easy-to-read resource
designed to be used in the field to answer questions such as (and many more):
Wound Care Guide- for therapists and wound care professionals
- How do I know if my client needs a
wheelchair or seating equipment?
- What is the process when I know my client
- How do I measure for a wheelchair and
- How do I choose a wheelchair seat cushion?
- How do I choose a back support?
This guide was designed as an easy-to-read resource for clinicians involved
in wound care to become more confident with addressing the seated posture. This
resource fosters a more wholistic approach to the management of pressure
injuries by simultaneously treating supine and seated postures.
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Elements to Consider for Clinical Documentation of Services for Mobility Devices
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has produced this resource on documentation important for seating and wheeled mobility equipment to guide clinicians.