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Positioning and seating play a critical role in a student's ability to function in the educational setting. This introductory module starts out by presenting the foundational concepts related to seating and positioning for students with mild as well as with more significant challenges. It goes on to address the first three sections of the AT Decision-Making Guide, which consist of Student Abilities/Difficulties, Environmental Considerations, and Tasks. The second module in this series, Seating and Positioning - WATI - Part II, continues with the Solution Generation, Solution Selection, and Implementation sections of the AT Decision-Making Guide.

Estimated Time to Complete: 1 1/2 hours

  • What's Included
  • 35 pages
  • Pre/post-assessments
  • Optional $15 certficate
  1. Describe the rationale for seating and positioning for students with mild to severe disabilities.
  2. Describe how stability and mobility can affect a student's ability to access tasks.
  3. Describe how assessment of seating and positioning is an ongoing process that changes as the student grows and the tasks and environments change.
  4. List the multiple variables that affect seating and positioning.
  5. Apply the student, environment and tasks components of the WATI AT Decision-Making Guide to address a student's need for seating and positioning tools.

Module Authors

Karen Jackson Stindt, MS, OTR/L, ATP

Karen Jackson Stindt MS OTR/L ATP is an OT with over 35 years of experience working as an OT in the school setting. She received her BS OT from University of Alabama in Birmingham in 1978 and MS in therapeutic science from the University of Wisconsin in 1997. She maintains additional certifications in sensory integration, assistive technology and is an instructor for the Size Matters Handwriting Program. Karen is a recently retired OT with her own consulting business, kjs consulting, focusing on providing other therapists and educators with assessment, treatment and training to improve their practice. Mrs. Stindt also presents on AT topics at the local, regional and national level.

Module Content Provided By

This module was developed in collaboration with WATI and provides updated content from the Assessing Students' Needs for Assistive Technology (ASNAT) - IDEA discretionary grant #: 9906-23. 1992-2009

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