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Cindi Petito, OTR/L, ATP, CAPS will present. Recent advancements in custom molded wheelchair seating technology have provided an array of options for patients who have complex seating and positioning needs. Since they were first introduced nationally in the 1960’s, custom molded seating has evolved from static plaster molds to infinitely adjustable polymer molds, which can accommodate patient growth. This presentation will compare and contrast the evolutionary changes and current characteristics of generally accepted custom molded seating systems and methodologies. Systems discussed will include but not be limited to, plaster molds, foam-in-place seating (FIPS), digital technology with manufactured custom seating, and adjustable micro-modular seating (AMMS).
Learning Outcomes for this course:
The participant will be able to identify 3 custom mold methods used globally.
The participant will be able to understand one advantage and one disadvantage of custom mold seating.
The participant will be able to identify 2 primary attributes of AMMS that differ from other custom mold methods.
Cindi Petito is an occupational therapist and has operated a community based private practice in Florida since 2001. Prior to opening her practice, she developed a wheelchair clinic in a long term care facility. She has 20 years’ experience as an OT with 16 years as an assistive technology professional working in the field of wheeled mobility and complex seating. Her other practice area includes home modifications, earning a certification as a certified aging-in-place specialist (CAPS). Today, her practice is state wide, providing in-home mobility evaluations across Florida.