19-Sep-2019 8:30 AM - 20-Sep-2019 4:00 PM
711 W. Broadway @ Heather Street
Vancouver , British Columbia V5Z 3Y2

More Than 4 Wheels: Complex seating and mobility assessment and prescription for all ages

Vancouver, British Columbia

Thursday, September 19 to Friday, September 20, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)

This two-day hands-on workshop will provide you with the skills and clinical reasoning to conduct a seating and wheeled mobility assessment with clients of any age. During the first day, demonstrations and hands-on practice will be utilized to enhance your ability to complete a MAT assessment and accurately measure the client for seating and wheeled mobility. The second day focus on how to prescribe customized seating and shape contour based on asymmetry, tonal changes, pressure management, restraint free positioning, and pediatric growth and development.

Workshop topics:
Day 1: Seating and mobility assessment
  • MAT assessment
  • Review of client measurements
  • Review of wheelchair measurements
  • Theory related to clinical assessment and set up of wheelchairs and seating
  • Clinical reasoning for seating and mobility assessment
Day 2: Customized seating and shape contour
  • Customized seating and shape contour
    • Asymmetry
    • Tonal changes
    • Pressure management
    • Restraint-free positioning
  • Review of pediatric growth and development
  • Primitive reflex retention and its effect on seated posture

Goals and learning objectives:
By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  1. Apply hands-on techniques to complete a MAT Assessment and client measurements.
  2. Define three points of positioning.
  3. Identify forces of gravity related to postural control.
  4. Understand current theories in seating and mobility assessment.
  5. Recognize poor wheelchair set-up and be able to direct practice to proper set-up.
  6. Understand current practices in custom shaping and how to apply these for all age groups.

Target audience:
Occupational therapists, occupational therapist assistants (OTAs), students in occupational therapy programs, students in OTA/PTA programs and physiotherapists who wish to further their skills and clinical reasoning related to seating and wheeled mobility for clients of all age groups. Participants are expected to have prior knowledge related to child development and natural progression of diagnoses frequently encountered in occupational therapy practice. Participants are also expected to have experience in basic wheelchair assessment and measurement.

Please note: Each participant is responsible to ensure they apply the information within the context of their licensure, provincial/territorial legislations, institution regulations, scope of practice, etc.

Areas of practice
Cognitive, neurological/neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, general physical health, educators

Client age groups
Young children (0-4 years), children (5-12 years), adolescents (13-19 years), adults (20-64 years), seniors (65+ years) 

Workshop level:
Intermediate (3-5 years of experience with wheelchair assessments and prescription)

Sheila Buck, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Sheila is an occupational therapist graduating from the University of Western Ontario. She has been working in her own practice Therapy NOW for over 20 years. Sheila has worked extensively in long-term care homes, children’s treatment facilities, and private homes providing seating and mobility consultations and prescriptions of manual and power wheelchairs across Ontario.  She also provided three years of volunteer work to Team Canada Healing Hands assisting in wheelchair clinics in Haiti and Uganda. Sheila has presented on several topics within the field of seating and mobility at several conferences including the International Seating Symposium, European Seating Symposium, Oceania Seating Symposium and the Canadian Seating and Mobility Conference.  She has also provided her expertise in speaking across Ontario for the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists, and as a clinical presenter for manufacturers of seating and mobility equipment.  She also developed and presented her own two-day workshop “Back to Basics and Beyond”. Sheila has provided consultation to manufacturers for research studies on pressure mapping of cushions, as well as review of new equipment prototypes.  Sheila is the author of a clinical resource guide More Than 4 Wheels: Seating, Mobility and Assistive Technology (Buck, 2017).

Proud sponsor:

Registration fees:
Early bird rates: Registration and payment completed June 26, 2019

CAOT Member and Associates

Non member*



Plus applicable taxes

Regular rates: Registration and payment completed between June 27, 2019 and September 4, 2019

CAOT Member and Associates

Non member*



Plus applicable taxes

Please note that for the 2018-2019 workshops, CAOT has reduced the registration fee for all registrants instead of offering a group rate. When available, CAOT offers late registration for workshops at the regular rate plus a $50 administration fee. We will only be able to accommodate if there is sufficient space.

Registration deadline: September 4, 2019

*In many cases it would be more cost effective to become a CAOT Member or Associate rather than pay the non-member rate. See “Can a non-member register for a Workshop?” in our Workshop FAQ to know which membership category you are eligible for.

Included with your registration fee:
Two-day workshop, electronic copy of presentation slide handouts, coffee/tea/water during mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks, opportunity to network and make connections with other occupational therapists interested in this topic, electronic certificate of attendance.

The Workshop registration fee has been reduced by $40 by not including lunch and snacks. Lunch and snacks are to be done on your own.

Maximum number of registrants:


Workshop location:
Holiday Inn Vancouver-Centre
711 W. Broadway @ Heather Street
Vancouver, BC V5Z 3Y2

Cancellation/refund policy:
All refund requests must be sent in writing to education@caot.ca. Requests received prior June 5, 2019 will be given a 50% refund. CAOT will not provide a refund after the registration deadline. CAOT reserves the right to cancel or modify the offering.

CAOT reserves the right to modify the workshop title, description, registration dates and information on the workshop webpage. CAOT will notify participants on or before August 8, 2019 if there is insufficient registration by that date and reserves the right to cancel a Workshop due to insufficient registration up until August 22, 2019. CAOT reserves the right to modify the offering, interrupt Workshops, change the timing of a Workshop, cancel a Workshop or change the location of a Workshop due to the presenter no longer being able to present the Workshop, severe weather, power failure, building closures or other special circumstances that are beyond the control of CAOT by notifying participants as soon as possible. If the Workshop is cancelled by CAOT, registrants will receive a full refund of the registration fee. CAOT will not be responsible for other costs or expenses incurred by registrants as a result of any such changes.

Additional questions?
If you would like to inquire on accessibility options available to you, please contact education@caot.ca or 1-800-434-2268 ext. 222.

If you would like to attend this workshop in another location, please complete this brief survey to let us know. Please note that the registration fee may vary from one location to another as there are different costs involved.

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