- Tamara Kittelson-Aldred, MS, OTR/L, ATP/SMS
Executive and Project Director
Tamara is an occupational therapist in practice for more than 40 years. As a specialist in pediatrics/early intervention her focus shifted when Eleanore, her third daughter, was born with cerebral palsy and profound deafness. Eventually she specialized in positioning and mobility equipment for children, youth and adults with complex needs. Tamara is a RESNA certified Assistive Technology Professional/Seating and Mobility Specialist. While working with children during their growing years, she observed deterioration in the body shape of many despite good seating and positioning. She intuitively provided a supported sleeping posture for her own daughter at night but did not expand that to clients until she read a paper published in England in 2000 about 24 hour postural care. She continued to use what she knew as a therapist to provide 24 hour postural care for her clients, but over time desired further training. In January 2012 Tamara studied with John and Liz Goldsmith and Sarah Clayton at Postural Care Skills, CIC in England. She implemented what she learned with clients at home and completed qualifications in Measurement of Body Symmetry, Advanced Postural Care and a Postural Care Tutor/Manager course through the Open College Network West Midlands. Since then she has studied and learned more about the fascinating history of posture care management (PCM) as it began in England in the 1970s. Tamara’s desire to raise awareness about 24-7 PCM in the United States led to starting Postural Care USA in 2013 — renamed Posture 24/7 in 2015. In addition to working with Posture 24/7, she also directs Eleanore’s Project. In her spare time she loves to grow, preserve and cook with food from her garden and is an avid yoga practitioner.
- Arwen Kittelson-Aldred, M.Ed.
Arwen has lived her life in connection with persons who have complex needs. This began with family friends in a neighborhood group home, entered family life with the birth of her youngest sister, Eleanore, and continued on in various work roles connected with disability services and special education as she grew up. Following university graduation with a music degree, Arwen entered the Peace Corps where she served in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan teaching music in a special education center near Amman. This work led to her decision to pursue a Master’s degree in special education, after which she taught in classrooms for six years. Arwen’s family experience and commitment to working with those who have impairments and complex needs, together with skill in developing teaching strategies and curriculums combine well with the Posture 24/7 mission of raising awareness, understanding and skills in provision of 24 hour postural care for persons with motor impairments.