Better by Design is a simple statement that expresses what's behind our approach to our products and services. Throughout our history we have focused on providing you, the assistive technology professional with products and services that make your job easier.

The newest service we are offering our United States customers is continuing education. We will work with you to provide live, instructor led continuing education courses at your place of business, during a timeframe that works best for you and your team to make fulfilling your continuing education requirements easier.

All courses listed under "Our Courses", are approved for the noted amount of continuing education units by NRRTS (National Registry of Rehabilitation Technology Suppliers). If you or your company are interested in hosting a course, click on the "Host a Course" tab button above.

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Our Courses
Wheelchair Cushion Science - What is Driving Your Clinical Choices?

Persons involved in recommending wheelchair cushions have relied on many factors in deciding which cushions to recommend, including word of mouth, self-perceived comfort and function, aesthetics, tribal knowledge, etc. While these can all be important factors, the science of design and materials should be a primary factor in driving the decision of cushion selection to allow for comfort and function, while optimally managing pressure.


It is important for those involved in recommending a wheelchair cushion to understand principles of design and characteristics of materials used in cushions in order to select an appropriate wheelchair cushion that will allow for comfort and function, while optimally managing pressure.

Course Variations

Wheelchair Cushion Science in a Nutshell:
A Primer on the Science that Should be Driving Your Clinical Choices
1 hour (0.1 CEU)

Pared down version of the information presented in the 2 hour "Wheelchair Cushions: The Science that Should be Driving Your Clinical Choices". While much of the content is the same, some of the topics will be covered in more summary fashion - with less detail, for example, on some of the background data and testing methodology.


Participants will receive a quick review of the forces that need to be understood when considering the selection of wheelchair cushions. They will be taught measurable characteristics of wheelchair cushions for tissue integrity and will be briefly introduced to a method of comparative testing. Participants will learn how to identify different materials used in the design of cushions and how those materials interact with the anatomy for pressure distribution. They will also learn how to understand durability and stability of these materials in cushion construction. They will also learn to identify and understand different design techniques used to improve cushion efficacy and their potential effects on functional outcomes.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Describe the basic biomechanics of seated posture as it relates to wheelchair cushions
  • List the material science of wheelchair cushion components
  • Name the different means by which cushions redistribute load

Course Instruction Details

  • Course Audience: Dealers, ATPs, Clinicians (OT, PT, COTA, PTA)
  • Course Level: Intermediate to Advanced
  • Course Length: 1 Contact Hour
  • CEU's Offered: .1 CEU
Wheelchair Cushions:
The Science that Should be Driving Your Clinical Choices
2 hour (0.2 CEU)

Full 2 hour presentation which will delve into the topic at a higher level of detail, including background data and testing methodology.


Participants will learn what forces need to be understood when considering the selection of wheelchair cushions. They will be taught measurable characteristics of wheelchair cushions for tissue integrity, and a method of comparative testing. Participants will learn how to identify different materials used in the design of cushions and how those materials interact with the anatomy for pressure distribution. They will also learn how to understand durability and stability of these materials in cushion construction. They will also learn to identify and understand different design techniques used to improve cushion efficacy and their potential effects on functional outcomes.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Describe the basic biomechanics of seated posture as it relates to wheelchair cushions
  • Describe a method of comparative testing for wheelchair cushions, and understand the results
  • List the material science of wheelchair cushion components
  • Name the different means by which cushions redistribute load

Course Instruction Details

  • Course Audience: Dealers, ATPs, Clinicians (OT, PT, COTA, PTA)
  • Course Level: Intermediate to Advanced
  • Course Length: 2 Contact Hour
  • CEU's Offered: .2 CEU
Postural Development in the Young Child and Adolescent: Strategies to Enhance Outcomes

When posture develops abnormally, and certain developmental milestones are either delayed or not met at all, it can affect numerous abilities. Recognition of the sequellae of abnormal postural development and other developmental milestones is crucial. Understanding appropriate interventions in the provision of assistive technology can help a child and caregivers to achieve an improved quality of life, improved function, and hopefully diminish additional issues later on.

Course Description

Participants will learn about the development of posture for both normally abled and disabled persons, and about the importance of postural control in the daily lives and functional activities of those persons. Participants will learn about achieving key developmental milestones, and the various and inter-related impacts associated with not achieving those milestones in the normal time frame. Participants will learn how facilitating or enabling a client with physical disabilities to receive appropriate postural support through assistive technology to control posture against the force of gravity can be an important contributor to overall well-being, function within the individual's environment, physiological function, and long term optimal management of medical conditions.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • List at least 3 abilities that may be delayed if key postural developmental milestones are not achieved on time
  • List 3 goals of special seating for the child or adolescent
  • List 3 physiological benefits of sustained weight bearing activity through the lower extremities (standing, or walking)

Course Instruction Details

  • Course Audience: Dealers, ATPs, Clinicians (OT, PT, COTA, PTA)
  • Course Level: Intermediate to Advanced
  • Course Length: 1 Contact Hour
  • CEU's Offered: .1 CEU
Tilting the Odds: Manual Tilt to Improve Rehabilitation Outcomes

Individuals with neurologic disabilities deal with a number of challenges in completing activities of daily living. One of the most significant of those challenges is acquiring a mobility device that allows them to maximize their independence with both mobility and performance of their activities of daily living. For certain of these individuals the adaptive equipment that is often provided may be inadequate to achieve the potential for that participation and independence.

Course Description

Neurologic disabilities such as CP, ALS, MS, and SCI figure more prominently in discussions about the impact and importance of complex rehabilitation technology than CVA, yet more than 795,000 people in the United States suffer a CVA annually. Moreover, stroke reduces mobility in more than half of those over age 65. Medicare qualification requirements and reimbursement cuts have negatively influenced the caliber of wheeled mobility devices CVA survivors receive. Many obtain an upright, manual wheelchair that qualifies for Medicare rental reimbursement. It is well documented that manual tilt-in-space wheelchairs provide seat angle adjustments that can facilitate pressure relief, postural control, and activity specific positioning, but these chairs are often not prescribed due to limitations related to independent propulsion, weight, and transport. This presentation will explore the research supporting the use of tilt. Topics will include: how changes in seat angle affect posture and pressure distribution, seat height and angle characteristics that impact self-propulsion, the relationship between independent mobility and incidence of pressure ulcers, and how changes in seat angle can influence activities of daily living. The clinical justification and documentation requirements for Medicare reimbursement of the E1161 code will be outlined, and participants will be educated on options to achieve the clinical benefits of manual tilt while enabling self-propulsion and transport.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Cite 3 aspects of propulsion affected by seat height and changes in seat angle
  • Cite 2 elements of the relationship between independent mobility and incidence of pressure ulcers
  • Provide 2 examples of how changes in seat angle can impact pressure and affect posture
  • Provide 2 examples of how changes in seat angle can affect participation in activity specific ADLs
  • Produce documentation that clinically supports Medicare reimbursement of E1161 code

Course Instruction Details

  • Course Audience: Dealers, ATPs, Clinicians (OT, PT, COTA, PTA)
  • Course Level: Intermediate
  • Course Length: 1 Contact Hour
  • CEU's Offered: .1 CEU
 
Our Instructors
 
Curt Prewitt MS, PT, ATP

Curt Prewitt is Director of Education for Ki Mobility. He graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Fitness Kinesiology in 1992, and then earned his Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Colorado in 1995. He practiced as a physical therapist in a number of settings for a few years, most prominently in long term care, where he gained experience with seating and wheeled mobility.

He transitioned from a practicing therapist to a manufacturer's representative, selling PT, OT and general rehab products, eventually moving into sales management and focusing on complex rehab technology. He has previously also served as a product trainer and product specialist, teaching product features and clinical application, as well as coordinating continuing education presentations, both credited and non-credited.

 
Deborah L. Pucci PT, MPT

Deborah L. Pucci, PT, MPT received her degree from Northwestern University in 1998. She has 20 years of clinical experience in neurologic rehabilitation, with specializations in wheelchair seating and mobility and acute spinal cord injury. She has held multiple positions at the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab since 1999 (formerly known as the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago), including senior therapist on the acute spinal cord injury unit, research study coordinator for the spinal cord injury model systems program, and wheelchair and seating clinical specialist. She has presented CEU courses and lectures domestically and internationally in both the areas of seating and mobility and acute rehabilitation for spinal cord injury. Currently, Miss Pucci works as a clinical educator for Ki Mobility and as the clinical specialist for the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab wheelchair and seating clinic.

 
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