Seating, Mobility and Assistive Technology
Dr. Tucker oversees OT Clinical Services’ Seating, Mobility and Assistive Technology program. The program focuses on the customization of wheelchairs and seating systems to the individual client. Certain factors must be taken into consideration to find the right fit for a person’s body, abilities, needs, and goals. Details such as the type of seat cushion, back support size and shape, and the height of the arm rests all play a vital part in ensuring the perfect fit. Throughout the process, Dr. Tucker looks at body weight, height, range of motion, strength, mobility needs, home environment, and the places clients go every day so that she can find the best choice and fit for the client’s lifestyle. She also provides recommendations to clients on how to best leverage assistive technology in their daily routines.
General Description of Student Activities
Students who select Dr. Tucker as their mentor will have the opportunity to work with assistive technology (including, but not limited to, wheelchairs and adapted computer equipment), a pressure mapping system and adapted exercise equipment. Students will also have the opportunity, to participate in clinical appointments both in the clinic and during community visits, develop new programming, track outcomes, present to medical professionals and community organizations, and interact with research participants during assessments and training sessions. Students will need to have their own transportation to be able to transition between 4444 Forest Park Ave. and 5200 Berthold Ave., where the seating and mobility clinic is located.
Examples of Projects
- Clinical seating evaluations for mobility devices and seating systems and follow-up outcome measures
- Manual wheelchair propulsion analysis, education and training
- Pressure mapping for wheelchair seating systems
- Exercise programs that are individually designed for people with disabilities
- Assessments of cardiorespiratory fitness, strength and psychosocial measures for persons with spinal cord injury/disease (SCI/D)