Online Course
Assistive Technology – Standers
Become familiar with the benefits of standing and types of standers for children

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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There are many benefits of standing, from increased strength and bone mineral density to improved cardiovascular health and more. Children with severe motor impairment may require an assistive device for standing and/or walking. Support standers or gait trainers are rigid frame devices that support a child in prolonged standing, allowing them to weight bear. This course will explore the various types of standers and equip you with the knowledge to select an appropriate stander for your paediatric clients.


This course aims to describe different types of standers, their use and benefits.


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:

  • describe at least four benefits of standers
  • compare four types of support standers
  • list three questions that should be considered when assessing a child for a stander
  • describe key factors that should be considered when choosing and fitting a stander for a child

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
It is very practical and easy to understand. It presents different standers and can inspire therapists to think of ways to meet the patients' needs. It also provides an insight into the use of standers, procedures, precautions and factors considered while selecting a device.
Stephen Kato
Physical Therapist
The course is excellent! I learnt five different types of stander and standing program guidelines from research.
Thinzar Ko Ko