Online Course
Adaptive Seating
Learn about different seating adaptions and solutions to enhance movement, concentration and daily tasks

1-1.5 hours





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Dana Mather
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Dr. Dana Mather is a paediatric physical therapist who has a special interest in assistive technology.

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Adaptive seating assistive technology is a sub-unit of the positioning, seating, and mobility category. Adaptive seating refers to any modification made to a seating device that is intended to improve postural control or sitting posture. Increased postural stability facilitates improved functional skills such as mobility of the arms, self-feeding, grasping, tracking and visual scanning. Adaptive seating can also promote social interaction and participation. This course will walk you through the many forms of adaptive seating and explain how to assess an individual for adaptive seating.


This course aims to provide an overview of the many types of adaptive seating assistive technology and explain how to assess and fit a client for adaptive seating.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at rehabilitation professionals, students and assistants including but not limited to Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Rehabilitation Doctors, Rehabilitation Nurses, Prosthetists, Orthotists, Psychologists, Audiologists, Dietetics, Social Workers. Community Health Workers, Nurses or Medical Doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1-1.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.

Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • identify at least three characteristics that indicate an individual might benefit from adaptive seating
  • discuss at least five adaptive seating options and their benefits for users
  • list two outcome measures that can be used to assess an individual for adaptive seating

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

Dana Mather: No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
Adaptation is a crucial area in OT practice. It is great it has been covered here!
Ronald Mutebi Tugume
Occupational Therapist