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

Michelle L. Lange Instructor Bio:

Michelle is an occupational therapist with 35 years of experience and has been in private practice, Access to Independence, for over 15 years. She is a well-respected lecturer, both nationally and internationally and has authored numerous texts, chapters, and articles. She is the co-editor of Seating and Wheeled Mobility: a clinical resource guide, editor of Fundamentals in Assistive Technology, 4th ed., NRRTS Continuing Education Curriculum Coordinator and Clinical Editor of NRRTS Directions magazine. Michelle is a RESNA Fellow and member of the Clinician Task Force. Michelle is a certified ATP, certified SMS and is a Senior Disability Analyst of the ABDA.

Michelle L. Lange's Continuing Education Courses

Wheelchair Seating Assessment: The Mat Assessment

Wheelchair Seating Assessment: The Mat Assessment

What is a Mat Assessment? A Mat Assessment is the starting point of a wheelchair seating evaluation and critical to achieving a successful outcome. This course will present the key components of a mat assessment including important measurements.…

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Wheelchair Seating Assessment: Positioning the Pelvis

Wheelchair Seating Assessment: Positioning the Pelvis

What is the cornerstone of wheelchair positioning? The pelvis. The position of the pelvis very much determines the position of the trunk and lower extremities and so achieving and maintaining the optimal position is critical. This course…

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Wheelchair Seating Assessment: Positioning the Trunk

Wheelchair Seating Assessment: Positioning the Trunk

What needs to be considered when positioning the trunk in wheelchair seating? If asymmetries are flexible, then the goal becomes to achieve symmetry as close to neutral as possible. If the asymmetries are fixed, then the seating system…

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Wheelchair Seating Assessment: Positioning the Lower Extremities

Wheelchair Seating Assessment: Positioning the Lower Extremities

What is addressed in wheelchair positioning after the pelvis and trunk? The lower extremities. The goals of positioning the legs are to achieve a neutral alignment, when possible, or accommodate range limitations if not. This course…

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Wheelchair Seating Assessment: Positioning the Upper Extremities

Wheelchair Seating Assessment: Positioning the Upper Extremities

Do the upper extremities really require positioning? Muscle weakness, paralysis or uncontrolled movements may need to be addressed by the wheelchair seating system. This course will present specific positioning needs and suggested interventions.…

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Wheelchair Seating Assessment: Positioning the Head

Wheelchair Seating Assessment: Positioning the Head

Does every client need head positioning as a part of a wheelchair seating system? No, many clients have adequate head control so that no further support is needed. However, many other clients require intervention to achieve and maintain…

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Wheelchair Power Mobility Assessment: Determining Readiness

Wheelchair Power Mobility Assessment: Determining Readiness

Video Runtime: 58 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 29 Minutes

How do we know a child is ready for a power wheelchair? When is this appropriate, is the child too young, and will there be negative implications to starting… Read More

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Power Chair Configuration Considerations

Power Chair Configuration Considerations

Video Runtime: 57 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 30 Minutes

Not all power wheelchairs are created equal. This course will explain the differences between consumer-level and complex rehab technology (CRT) power wheelchairs.… Read More

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Wheelchair Power Mobility Assessment: Power Seating

Wheelchair Power Mobility Assessment: Power Seating

Video Runtime: 54 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 29 Minutes

Power wheelchairs do more than drive. Power seating allows the driver to change position for pressure relief, pressure redistribution, transfers, and other… Read More

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Wheelchair Power Mobility Assessment: Proportional Driving Methods

Wheelchair Power Mobility Assessment: Proportional Driving Methods

Video Runtime: 54 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 29 Minutes

Most people who use a power wheelchair use a joystick mounted at the end of one arm pad. However, some people are unable to drive a power wheelchair with this… Read More

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Wheelchair Power Mobility Assessment: Nonproportional Driving Methods

Wheelchair Power Mobility Assessment: Nonproportional Driving Methods

Video Runtime: 60 Minutes; Learning Assessment Runtime: 29 Minutes

Most people who use a power wheelchair use a joystick; however, some drivers are unable to control a power wheelchair with this driving method. A wide variety… Read More

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Wheelchair Power Mobility: Mobility Training

Wheelchair Power Mobility: Mobility Training

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… Read More

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Wheelchair Power Mobility: Advanced Features

Wheelchair Power Mobility: Advanced Features

Video Runtime: 60 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 29 Minutes

Power wheelchairs do far more than drive. CRT-level power wheelchairs also provide control of other advanced features through the driving method so that the… Read More

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