ISS 2017 Program


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IC28: How Do We Learn the Skills to Become Seating Therapists?

This presentation aims to identify if internationally OT and PT University courses contain sufficient education on seating and mobility principles in order to prepare students to work in this area of speciality following graduation. We aim to identify what is taught, how it is taught and how effective current education methods are at preparing students for this line of work.

This session is supported by a company with reported interest in the sale of Assistive Technology products. The content has been reviewed by ISS personnel and determined to be appropriate for continuing education purposes.


Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to;



Rhona Moot, BSc, OT
Ede, Gelderland

Rhona Moot is Clinical specialist for Invacare Europe. Rhona qualified from Queen Margaret University Scotland in 2003 with a BSc(Hons) in Occupational Therapy. Rhona joined Invacare in 2013 as Clinical Education Specialist for Seating and positioning. Prior to this Rhona worked for the NHS in Scotland, joining WestMARC wheelchair service in 2007 where she developed her knowledge and passion for wheelchair seating latterly becoming Team Lead for adult Manual wheelchairs.

Stephanie Tanguay, OTR, ATP
Royal Oak, Michigan
United States

Stephanie Tanguay began her career as an Occupational Therapist with a decade of experience in spinal cord injury and seating & mobility. She also worked as a Rehab Technology Supplier for seven years. She has presented on numerous occasions at ISS, RESNA, CSMC, and ESS and throughout North America. Since 2006 Stephanie has been the Clinical Education Specialist for Motion Concepts, a manufacturer of power seating systems and seat surface and back support products.

Paula W. Rushton, PhD
Assistant Professor School of Rehabilitation, Unviersity de Montreal,
Montreal, Quebec

Mary Goldberg, PhD
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
United States

Mary Goldberg, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology at the University of Pittsburgh. She has a background in education with a concentration in rehabilitation science; psychology; and Spanish. Dr. Goldberg received her PhD in Administrative and Policy Studies of Education with a focus on online learning in assistive technology and her additional research interests include program evaluation, STEM education, and international capacity building in assistive technology.



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    2. Council of Occupational Therapists for the European Countries (2015). Summary of the occupational therapy profession in Europe 2015. Retrieved July 25, 2016, from
    3. Bologna Process: European Higher Education Area (2010). Retrieved July 25, 2016, from

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