Healthcare professionals at Kidz to Adultz South were given a seminar in paediatric seating and assessments from Etac’s education manager and OT, Jo McConnell.
McConnell presented to a full seminar room of healthcare professionals, carers and parents at the latest Kidz event in Farnborough.
Her educational session was entitled ‘Paediatric Postural Seating Assessment Tips’ and looked at motor development, both in terms of milestones and the early signs of impaired movement.
It progressed on to reviewing posture and why there is a need for specialist equipment to assist children with disabilities.
There was a focus on seating for children with disabilities, assessment techniques and how to seat a child appropriately with postural needs.
Symmetrical vs asymmetrical posture was considered for hips/legs along with correct support for leg positioning. The session also highlighted considerations when assessing a child with posterior pelvic tilt, deformities of the spine/scoliosis, muscle tone and spasticity.
The seminar was well received by attendees with several OT peers continuing discussions with McConnell on the Etac R82 exhibition stand.
McConnell was able to highlight the effectiveness of R82 products in terms of her clinical presentation and gave details regarding Etac’s free ‘SAT’ training courses for professionals.
SAT (Seating Assessment Training) allows paediatric therapists to further their knowledge of seating principles and problem solving solutions.