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How does it work.

During the first visit, a Physical Therapist who is trained in Posture Care will assess body frame, shape, range of motion and symmetry.

Careful measurements are taken to provide a baseline for the objective tracking of improvements: chest dimensions, range of motion of the lower extremities, pelvis, hips, knees and ankles are all assessed. After this assessment, a treatment plan is created. Goals reflect clinical and regulatory requirements.

In the seven to ten treatment sessions that follow, families and caregivers are educated in safety, supporting, handling and placing a person into therapeutic supported positions. During these visits, recommendations are made regarding products that help support the body in symmetrical comfortable positions.

The Posture Care approach is designed to be integrated into other interventions including rehabilitation services. When body shape is cared for people will be able to better participate in the YAI's mission of "Living, Loving, Working and Learning".

Close collaboration between families, caregivers and healthcare professionals are needed because postural issues are often complex.

Posture Care is highly beneficial for people with a developmental disability who have challenges with movement – including intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, and autism.

How can a candidate for the Posture Care Clinic be identified?

A quick assessment tool is The Mansfield Checklist of Need for Postural Care (Reference: The Mansfield Project, UK, Postural Care Skill group)

When lying down, sitting, or standing:

1) Does the body stay in a limited number of positions?

2) Do the knees seem to be drawn usually to one side, inwards or outwards?

3) Does the head seem to turn mainly to one side?

4) Does the body tend to flex forward, extend backward, or both?

5) Is the body shape already asymmetric?

Posture Care clinic candidates can also be identified if they have a history of being diagnosed or treated for scoliosis, kyphosis, or leg length discrepancy. Children and adults who are non-ambulatory use wheelchairs as their mode of mobility transport. Frequently, they have posture issues and will benefit from Posture Care.

What to bring when coming to the clinic for the first visit (if possible)

  • Any special equipment already in use
  • Images of sleep positions
  • Any recent hip or spine x-ray
  • Any history of hip or spine surgery
  • Loose and comfortable clothing

Referrals and Appointments

Posture Care Clinic services are available for all ages.

For questions regarding Posture Care Clinic, please email us at posture.care@yai.org or through the Contact Tab.

Families, therapists and healthcare professionals all may refer someone to the Posture Care Clinic by calling (866) 2YAI-LINK.

If you cannot keep an appointment, please notify us 24 hours in advance.