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MAT Evaluations Made Easy

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This educational session was designed to provide applicable concepts and strategies to clinicians involved in the assessment and prescription of seating systems and mobility devices. The focus will be on creating a process that enhances successful outcomes. Special emphasis will be placed on the value of the "hands-on" seating assessment, including what parameters to assess in both the supine and sitting assessment and when it's okay to skip the supine assessment. At its conclusion, clinicians will have improved skills and confidence in wheelchair assessment.

Objectives:

At the conclusion of this educational session, participants will be able to do the following:

  1. Verbalize which clients will require both a supine and a sitting MAT assessment.
  2. Provide a step-by-step outline of their assessment process.
  3. Describe three common supine asymmetries and their effect on seated posture.
  4. Describe two physical methods for assessment of pelvic asymmetries.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, the support is added to the posterior lateral pelvis so is added to the backrest. Its role is to influence the pelvis to become or maintain a neutral position.

If another therapist is available, this is always the best option. If this is not possible, then using a family member can assist. I'm also pretty good at supporting trunk position with my body and then I can use my hands/arms to influence the posture. Do be aware that safety of all involved is top priority.

Yes, generally I want a bit of an anterior contour to the cushion to assist with keeping the pelvis neutral and prevent it sliding forward - this can be a difference in material height or material.

For a reducible obliquity, I will try to build up under the low side. For a non-reducible obliquity, I will build up under the high side. This is to promote pressure distribution throughout both sides of the legs, thereby reducing peak pressures.

Taking photos is a great way to document. I also have an assessment form with images and tick boxes that makes it easy and quick to jot findings down. Find an assessment form that allows you to quickly get the info down (with one hand!). Education in Motion has created an assessment form which you can find here.

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