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Wheelchair Power Mobility: Mobility Training

presented by Michelle L. Lange, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS

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Financial: Michelle Lange is consultant for Stealth Products which is manufacturer of wheelchair seating and mobility, LUCI- manufacturer of smart wheelchair technology and AbleNet – manufacturer of switches. Michelle Lange receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Michelle Lange has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 62 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 29 Minutes

Did you know that the average teenager spends 40 to 50 hours training before getting a driver's license? Most people receiving a power wheelchair have very little, if any, mobility training to optimize their driving skills. And yet these drivers have motor, cognitive, and/or sensory impairments that make training even more important. Once a client has received a power wheelchair, mobility training is provided to further develop skills and optimize functional driving. This course will present mobility training strategies to optimize power wheelchair use. Clinicians need to be familiar with power wheelchair mobility training to optimize driving. This is a pediatric-focused course.

Meet Your Instructor

Michelle L. Lange, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS

Michelle is an occupational therapist with more than 30 years of experience in the area of assistive technology. She is the former clinical director of the Assistive Technology Clinics of the Children's Hospital of Denver and has been in private practice at Access to Independence, Inc., for more than 15 years. Michelle's work in assistive…

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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1. Mobility Training Evidence

This chapter will present evidence on the quantity and quality of mobility training. Research demonstrates that even children with significant and multiple impairments may be successful with power mobility, given mobility training.

2. Training Mobility Concepts: Stop and Go and Directional

This chapter will present mobility training strategies to optimize stop-and-go and directional skills in driving a new power wheelchair. Goals of mobility training will also be discussed.

3. Training Mobility Concepts: Problem-Solving and Judgment

This chapter will present mobility training strategies to optimize problem-solving skills and judgment in driving a new power wheelchair. Many children have not had life experiences that aid in development of judgment, and further training may be required.

4. Addressing Behavioral Issues

This chapter will present common behavioral issues seen in pediatric power wheelchair drivers. Turning behavioral issues into learning opportunities will be discussed, as will general safety issues.

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