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Kaden is a 7-year- old first grader with a diagnosis of ataxic quadriplegic cerebral palsy. The OTR® has asked the COTA® to assist with taking measurements for a new wheelchair for Kaden, since he is growing out of his current chair. What measurements should the COTA® expect to assist with? (Please pick 3)
A. Measure the widest point across the hips and thighs and add two inches to the measurement.
B. Measure from the seat surface to the midpoint of the lumbar curve.
C. Measure from the posterior buttock to the popliteal fossa
on both legs. Subtract two inches and use the leg measurement that is longer.
D. Measure footrest length with footrests adjusted 1 inch off the floor.
E.Measure armrest height with shoulder relaxed and elbows flexed at 90 degrees.
F. Measure from the seat surface to the base of the skull.

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Answer ACE: Standard measurements for wheelchair fitting include measuring seat width by measuring the widest point across the hips and thighs and adding two inches, measuring seat length by measuring from the posterior buttock to the popliteal fossa and subtracting two inches (Both legs are measured and the longer measurement is used), and measuring armrest height with shoulders relaxed and the elbows flexed at 90 degrees. The height of the wheelchair back is measured from the seat surface to one of three points, depending on the student’s level of mobility: 1-2 inches below the scapula, mid scapula or the top of the shoulder. Footrests should be adjusted to be two inches off the floor.

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