ISS 2017 Program


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IC80: Expanding Roles of Therapist Assistants and Wheelchair Provision

With tight healthcare budgets, the role of therapist assistants and the clinical settings in which assistants work are expanding. Assistants provide support to prescribing therapists in all steps of wheelchair provision. This session describes the tasks that can be assigned to therapist assistants and the influence of clinical setting on those tasks. Themes related to supervision of support personnel in seating and mobility, such as communication, collaboration, knowledge base and skills development will be highlighted.

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;



Sheilagh Sherman, BA, BHScOT, MHM
Sunrise Medical
Concord, Ontario

Sheilagh graduated in 1994 as an occupational therapist from McMaster University. Sheilagh also holds a Master of Health Management degree from McMaster. Sheilagh gained extensive clinical experience in seating and mobility working in a number of clinical areas, including inpatient rehabilitation, complex continuing care, and community rehabilitation. In 2010, Sheilagh joined Sunrise Medical Canada as a Clinical Educator. Sheilagh has presented at provincial, national and international conferences on the clinical aspects of seating and mobility.



    1. McCready-Wirth, A., Hepting, C., Ng, W., Haney, C., Bratkoski, L., & MacAusland-Berg, D. (2015, March/April). On the road together: Community occupational therapists and occupational therapist assistants working to provide the best care. Occupational Therapy Now, 17(2), 19-20.
    2. Gillespie, H., & Engel, L. (2015, March/April). Occupational therapist assistants: Enabling well-being in community power mobility users. Occupational Therapy Now, 17(2), 8-10.
    3. Practice Profile for Support Personnel in Occupational Therapy (2009). (2009, February). Retrieved June 15, 2016, from

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