If you’ve ever stressed out about attending just one International Seating Symposium (ISS) session while three or four great ones are happening simultaneously… the ISS team has a solution.
In an Oct. 11 bulletin, the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Rehabilitation Science & Technology Continuing Education (RSTCE) announced the launch of an on-demand CEU program featuring the educational sessions from April’s live ISS in Pittsburgh.
Course Bundles Begin with Pediatric Seating & Wheeled Mobility
The announcement described “course bundles” of classes on popular topics such as Pediatric Mobility, Part 1: Wheelchairs & Seating, which was released Oct. 11. The next course bundle, available Oct. 18, is Pediatric Mobility, Part 2: Other Topics & Assistive Technology.
Manual Wheelchairs, Part 1: Configuration & Function will be available Nov. 1, followed by Manual Wheelchairs, Part 2: Power Assist & Other Clinical Considerations, available Nov. 8. The availability dates for Powered Mobility and other course bundles will be announced at later dates.
The ISS 2023: On-Demand homepage lists the bundle’s size and CEUs available. The Pediatric Mobility Part 1 bundle, as an example, is 5.5 hours of instruction and .55 CEUs, at a cost of $279.
But if you registered for April’s ISS, the course bundles and accompanying CEUs are free. The announcement advised ISS 2023 attendees to check their e-mails for a payment code before enrolling in the course bundles.
You can view the recordings for free on the RSTCE + ISS YouTube channel, but to earn CEUs, courses must be purchased and viewed in the bundled format.
Take a Test to Earn CEUs
Upon completing the bundle, the viewer will take a post-test “composed of multiple-choice questions randomly pulled from content in all presentations, ensuring that you understand material from the entire bundle,” the ISS 2023: On-Demand Web page said. “A grade of 80 percent or higher is required to pass. You can take the post-test up to three times.”
The Pediatrics: Part 1 bundle includes “the basics of pediatric seating and mobility,” featuring these presentations:
— Stand Up for Participation! Strategies to Support Integration of Pediatric Powered Wheelchair Standing Devices into Daily Life Activities, by Lisa Kenyon, Ph.D., PT, DPT, PCS
— Early Intervention, Participation and Functional Positioning, by Kristine Westby, PT
— Stand Up for Participation and Function, by Lynore McLean, PT; Ginny Paleg, PT, DScPT, MPT; and Roslyn Livingstone, MSc(RS), OT
— A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to On-Time Mobility and the Impact on Development, by Teresa Plummer, Ph.D., OTR/L, ATP, CAPS, CEAS; Ana Allegretti, Ph.D, OTR, ATP; and Scott Burns
— Young Children & Adolescents with Dystonic, Dyskinetic CP & Their Seating and Mobility Challenges, by Karen Kangas, OTR/L, ATP
— The Skills on Wheels Research Program; Initial Findings from Pediatric Wheelchair Skills Training, by Tony Chase, Ph.D.; Joseph O’Neil; Tiffany Stead, OTR; Kiera Mendoza; Carson Rager, CTRS; Whitney Kozlowski; Maria Stiens; Madison Loeser; Daniel Sego; Anna Serino; and Mary Carter
— Pediatric Powered Wheelchair Standing Devices: An Exploratory Study, by Lisa Kenyon, Ph.D., PT, DPT, PCS; Naomi Aldrich, Ph.D.; and William Miller, Ph.D., MScOT
— Development of a new Tool: Progression of Pediatric Powered Mobility, by Naomi Gefen, Ph.D., MSc, OT, MPA
— Quantifying Joystick Activation and Path Navigation During Powered Mobility Use in Toddlers, by
Nicole Zaino, MS; Kimberly Ingraham, Ph.D.; Heather Feldner, Ph.D., PT, MPT, PCS; and Katherine Steele, Ph.D.
— Developing a Segmental Trunk Support Seating System for Children with CP Undergoing Segmental Intensive Trunk Training (SITT), by Bhavini Surana, PT, MPT, EDD; Victor Santamaria, PT, Ph.D.; Tatiana Dinora Luna; Sunil Agrawal, Ph.D.; and Andrew Gordon, Ph.D., MS
The ISS team has also announced the 2024 Virtual Professional Summit (Feb. 7 and March 6, 2024) and the 39th International Seating Symposium taking place in person at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh in 2025. Pre-conference workshops are scheduled for March 18-19, 2025. The main ISS takes place March 20-22, 2025.
Image: Courtesy David L. Lawrence Convention Center