Standing is for Everyone

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Course Description

Supported standing can provide benefits to people of all ages with varied diagnoses. It is helpful for those who are unable to stand independently as well as those who can stand but require assistance to maintain standing longer and in a symmetrical posture. This course will explore the benefits of standing from the very young to seniors. It will discuss how supported standing can also augment a therapy program to enable greater gains towards the goals of the program.

Location: On-Demand

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify a minimum of 3 benefits of standing.
  • Identify 3 impairments that can benefit from supported standing.
  • Discuss how and why supported standing can be used to augment a therapy program.

Course Completion Criteria:

  1. Watch the course presentation video
  2. Complete the course quiz and survey to download your certificate.

(Video and quiz are accessible at the bottom of this page)

Course Credit Information:

0.1 CEU, 1 contact hour.

The University of Pittsburgh—RSTCE (rst_ce@pitt.edu) is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. PD activity approval ID#DLact.M.SD.953.1128.01. This Distance Learning—Interactive activity is offered at 0.1 CEU, Intermediate, Occupational Therapy Service Delivery. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Presenter(s) Information:

Maryann M. Girardi, PT, DPT, ATP
Clinical Education @Altimate Medical

Maryann Girardi received her Bachelor of Science in physical therapy degree from the University of Lowell, Lowell, MA, and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA. She is also a RESNA Certified Assistive Technology Practitioner (ATP). For over 30 years she has worked with adults and pediatrics with complex neurological conditions in home, school, in-patient and outpatient acute rehab settings. She has used DME to augment her treatment, enabling patients to have the support and positioning they need for participation in meaningful activities and improve/maintain musculoskeletal function.

She has presented at the local, national, and international level, on a variety of topics including service delivery, seating prescription, development of patient specific seating systems and therapeutic interventions for children with CHARGE Syndrome.

Disclosures: Maryann Girardi is an employee of Altimate Medical.