COURSE DESCRIPTION: For individuals with limited use of their bodies, a power mobility device can open the door for independent mobility and environmental control. A successful outcome with their power mobility device depends on how a person feels connected to the device, able to control their power wheelchair, and...
Education Level = Intermediate, Credit = 0.15 CEU
AOTA Category: OT Service Delivery; CEU(s)/Contact Hour(s): 0.15 AOTA CEUs/1.5 Contact Hour
State PT Approval: This course has been approved by the Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for .15 CEUs
Instructional Method: Recorded on-line asynchronous lecture with supporting video demonstration
For individuals with limited use of their bodies, a power mobility device can open the door for independent mobility and environmental control. A successful outcome with their power mobility device depends on how a person feels connected to the device, able to control their power wheelchair, and ultimately their wheelchair confidence to achieve desired goals. This on-line recorded lecture will give clinicians and providers a framework to aide in evaluation, selection, setup of an appropriate input device for functional power wheelchair mobility. In this course, we will describe client factors and clinical considerations that impact drive control selection, setup, and use. In addition, differences in proportional and non-proportional drive controls will be discussed and basic parameters will be defined and supported by examples and clinical applications. The terminology and applications discussed in this course will be applicable to a variety of power wheelchairs and devices that are commercially available. Client case examples will be used to help demonstrate possible solutions across the lifespan.
Consideration of client factors during input device selection
Proportional vs. Non-proportional Drive Controls
Review of drive control options
Clinical considerations for drive control setup
Assistive technology/environmental control system integration
Considerations for drive control programming
Clinical Application/Case Examples
Summary and statement of communication with instructor for all questions and discussion points
This program is designed for Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Assistive Technology Professionals, and Medical Suppliers/Providers
Sarah Lusto, PT, MSPT, ATC, ATP received her BS in sports medicine and MS in Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac University. Prior to joining Permobil she worked at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange, New Jersey for 11 years on both the brain injury and spinal cord injury units where she gained extensive experience in neuro rehabilitation. As a clinical specialist at Kessler, she also served as the wheelchair team lead for the inpatient department and a member of the outpatient wheelchair clinic helping to provide complex seating and mobility and assistive technology solutions across the continuum of care. Sarah joined Permobil in 2021 as a Regional Clinical Education Manager for the Mountain Region.