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Disability and Posture: Providing 24 Hour Support for Children with Motor Impairments

Thursday, November 8
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Location: Ochs - Chattanoogan Hotel

24-hour posture management considers the individual’s posture, comfort and function over all hours, day and night. It is used by physical and occupational therapists outside North America as a means of maintaining and improving health and postural control. Protection or improvement of healthy body alignment, supporting restful sleep, protecting respiratory and digestive functions and reducing pain all come into play. The premise of this course is that postural support in lying is often overlooked but is essential to the health and function of a person who is unable to easily and frequently change their lying position in bed. Posture management aims to maintain and protect body shape by providing support to body postures whether in lying, sitting or standing positions through the use of specialized and appropriate equipment over a 24-hour period. Clinically the management of posture throughout waking and sleeping hours is logical to many practitioners, and shares theoretical common ground with use of orthotics and seating systems to provide postural support and facilitate function. Complex body shapes complicate human life. However, appropriate management of posture day and night has potential to enhance quality of life while reducing costs related to surgery, hospitalization and personal assistance.

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Tamara L. Kittelson-Aldred, MS, OTR/L, ATP/SMS

Project Director
Posture 24/7

Tamara Kittelson-Aldred, MS, OTR/L is a RESNA certified ATP/SMS and directs the Montana Postural Care Project, funded by the Montana Council on Developmental Disabilities. She holds advanced postural care certificates from the Open College Network West Midlands in England and directs Eleanore’s Project, promoting 24 hour posture care management and responsible wheelchair provision in low resource settings. Tamara has written and presented on these topics in the United States, Peru and Colombia, and has served individuals with complex neurodisabilities in Montana since 1983. She credits her daughter Eleanore as her best teacher.

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