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Seating & Positioning Clinic


A correctly fitted wheelchair and the right equipment can make all the difference in your child's day-to-day functioning. At the Seating and Positioning Clinic, we evaluate patients and recommend appropriate wheelchairs and specialized, medically necessary seating equipment. Our highly trained therapists work closely with you and your child to provide personalized devices that best address your child's lifestyle and individual needs.

Services
Mobility evaluations are performed to determine the most efficient means of wheelchair mobility. We are able to offer trials of a large variety of wheelchairs and control systems. This allows your child to try different configurations of controls while learning to drive a power wheelchair, as well as helping us to evaluate which equipment will provide him or her with the highest level of function and independence.

Postural evaluations determine flexibility of postural deformities. This evaluation helps us to determine what postural supports are appropriate to address your child's balance and improve posture. Measurements are also taken to ensure that you r child's wheelchair and seating system fit him or her comfortably.

Pressure mapping evaluations identify the most appropriate wheelchair seat, back cushion and means of pressure relief. This mapping system helps us to pinpoint the areas of highest risk for skin irritation and breakdown, and determine which cushion will be the most effective at preventing this reaction. A printout of the pressure map is used for documentation purposes.

Support
Funding for mobility equipment changes frequently. Our therapists work with equipment suppliers to obtain the necessary documentation and approval for medically necessary equipment. The Seating Clinic staff will work closely with the equipment suppliers to fit and adjust your child's wheelchair for optimal support and function.

Referrals
Our services require a referral from a physician and are billed as outpatient physical therapy. Most insurance companies and government payor sources cover these services.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call The Motion Analysis Center, at (813) 870-4242.



St. Joseph's Children's Hospital of Tampa • 3001 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. • Tampa, FL 33607 • (813) 554-8500