Get Rolling! Advanced Wheelchair Skills Training Empowers Optimized Mobility
Section: Federal PT Section
Session Code: FD-2B-8417
Date: Friday, January 25, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Marriott Marquis
Room: Marquis Salon 1,2,3, 4

Speaker(s):   Kendra Betz, PT, MSPT
  Rachel Hibbs, DPT

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Intermediate

Wheelchairs users require comprehensive training to support mastery of mobility skills for life participation. Acquisition of wheelchair skills maximizes independence, safety, and quality of life while decreasing injury risk. Together, this supports the wheeler to be healthy, active, and productive. When appropriate wheelchairs and proper skills training are not delivered, the positive impact on community access and participation is compromised. This session will empower clinicians to understand, perform, and teach wheelchair skills. The speakers will share guidance for optimal wheelchair selection and configuration, efficient education methods, and practical training techniques ranging from basic propulsion to advanced skills for extreme mobility and sports participation. Attendees will learn an evidence-based approach for teaching wheeled mobility, the Wheelchairs Skills Program (WSP), and a validated outcome measurement tool for evaluating skill capacity, with an emphasis on motor learning theories to maximize mobility skill progression in a clinical setting. The effectiveness of 3 methods of WSP interventions will be demonstrated through randomized controlled trials, prospective cohort studies, and relevant outcome measures. The presenters will incorporate case examples, pertinent research findings, and clinical and Ëśreal world' wheeler experience to facilitate an evidence-based and practical approach to essential wheeled mobility training.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Summarize manual wheelchair optimal configuration in 3 planes.

2. Review wheelchair skills progression from basic propulsion to community mobility and advanced skills for extreme terrains.

3. Describe 3 motor skills learning principles related to wheelchair skills performance.

4. Articulate 2 options to access open source (free!) wheelchair skills assessment and training resources.

CEU: 0.2

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