Textbooks Guides

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 [1], was published in 2006.

This guide can be used as a reference manual to look up the most appropriate terms or measurements during clinical practice. Available from: www.assistivetechnologypartners.org

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 from: www.assistivetechnologypartners.org

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 needs.

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 www.seatingzollars.com.

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):

  • How do I know if my client needs a wheelchair or seating equipment?
  • What is the process when I know my client needs equipment?
  • How do I measure for a wheelchair and seating equipment?
  • How do I choose a wheelchair seat cushion?
  • How do I choose a back support?

Wound Care Guide- for therapists and wound care professionals

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.

Order your free copy here: http://hub.permobil.com/educational-guide-request

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.