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Release Date: August 16, 2016
Expiration Date: August 16, 2019
This course is designed to guide the rehabilitation professionals in the selection of the most appropriate intervention to provide dependent or independent mobility to the clients they serve. Many clients with physical limitations have inefficient or no independent mobility. Although some clients require a dependent mobility base that is pushed by a caregiver, many other clients require a mobility base to optimize their functional mobility. Occupational and physical therapists often receive little education and training in the area of wheeled mobility. Because such instruction is usually limited, it fails to adequately prepare an occupational or physical therapist for this specialty area of practice and additional training is required.
This intermediate-level course comprehensively presents wheeled mobility in a practice-specific context. Specifically, the course addresses mobility assessment, wheeled mobility categories, and power mobility considerations. Most practitioners will work with clients who need a mobility intervention, whether this includes evaluating the client, recommending a specific wheelchair, or training mobility skills. This course provides the information and resources required to prepare practitioners to meet these needs.
AOTA Content Focus - OT Process: Evaluation, Intervention, and Outcomes
0.3 AOTA CEUs are awarded upon successful completion of this course.
- Describe the steps in a wheeled mobility assessment.
- Identify categories of wheeled mobility equipment.
- Explain how to determine and develop readiness for power wheelchair use.
- List a variety of power wheelchair driving methods with clinical indicators for each.
- Describe power wheelchair advanced features and applications.
Michelle L. Lange, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS, is an occupational therapist with more than 25 years of experience in the area of assistive technology. She is the former clinical director of the assistive technology clinics of Children’s Hospital Colorado. Now in private practice, Ms. Lange evaluates and treats children and adults with a variety of diagnoses and provides consultation and education in the areas of wheelchair seating and mobility, accessibility, assistive technology access, mounting, interfacing, and electronic aids to daily living. She is a well-respected lecturer who presents live educational programs and webinars nationally and internationally, and has authored four book chapters and nearly 200 articles. Ms. Lange is the editor of Fundamentals in Assistive Technology, 4th ed., and clinical editor of Directions magazine, a publication of the National Registry of Rehabilitation Technology Suppliers (NRRTS). She is on the teaching faculty of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA). A past member of both the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on the Wheeled Mobility Advisory Board and current member of the Clinician’s Task Force, Ms. Lange is a certified Assistive Technology Professional (ATP), certified Seating and Mobility Specialist (SMS) and is a Senior Disability Analyst of the American Board of Disability Analysts (ABDA).
- Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
- Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
- All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
- There are no prerequisites for this course.
- Michelle Lange has disclosed that she makes presentations on behalf of manufacturers of seating and mobility equipment, including Stealth Products, and consults on the development of webinar and live educational content with several organizations, including NRRTS, RESNA, and Numotion. Western Schools ensures that this content is free from bias and commercial influence through its peer review process.