Mobility through Technology: Speaker Presentations

ANGIE KIGER, M.ED.,CTRS, ATP/SMS- CLINICAL STRATEGY & EDUCATION MANAGER AT SUNRISE MEDICAL

Session 1 (2 Hours/.2 CEU's): On Your Mark, Get Set, Go! Exploring Pediatric Seating & Mobility Equipment

Topic: Pediatric Seating and Mobility

From the moment a child is born the responsibilities listed in his/her job description simply read grow, play, learn, and explore. During this engaging session participants will learn about a variety of seating and wheeled mobility equipment that is available to pediatric clients and strategies for deciding whether a child is appropriate for a dependent or independent device. Techniques for encouraging caregivers to pursue obtaining appropriate equipment for their children will also be discussed.

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BYRON GUISBERT- DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION AT ADAPTIVE SWITCH LABORATORIES, INC.

Session 2 (2 Hours/,2 CEU's): Access or Activations

Topic: Access Controls, Alternative Access Points, Wheelchair Electronics

Just because an individual has movement doesn't mean that the indvidual will be successful at "funtionally" perfoming an activity or having "access" to it. This course will provide discussion and case studies related to supportive positioning for developing independent control of movement for activities. Discussion and demonstration of various proportional, digital, electronic, and mechanical components of access. A focus will be directed at the features and benefits relating to specific diagnoses, but not limited to them. We will explore ideas and examples of coverage directed at Alternative Access.

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CHRISTOPHER GREENE, DPT- PT AT LEROY PHYSICAL THERAPY & VILLAGE FITNESS; ADJUNCT PROFESSOR (BIOLOGY DEPARTMENT) AT NAZARETH COLLEGE

Session 3 (1 Hour/.1 CEU's):  Shoulder Activation for Wheelchair Users

Topic: Exercise Program for SCI Patients

Course presenter will review first-hand research on the results of the activation of 6 key muscles within the shoulder girdle and their involvement with a commonly prescribed shoulder program (STOMPS program) in individuals with paraplegia. This program was initially constructed by Sarah Mulroy, who found that this program was successful in decreasing pain in shoulder of chronic wheelchair users. In Mulroy's study, four exercises were separated into endurance and hypertrophying categories based upon the expectation of that particular muscle group, or functional movement, that wheelchair users require to perform their activities of daily living. The course will also discuss alternative ways to improve the current program that has already been proven to decrease pain, by adjusting the exercises and increasing activation of key muscles including Lower Trapezius and Serrates Anterior. This course combines both a foundation for further research and immediate practical uses for clinicians.

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STACEY JOHNSON, OTR/L, ATP- NORTHEAST AREA SALES MANAGER AT PERMOBIL

Session 4 (2 Hours/.2 CEU's): Power Seat Functions: Current Evidence & Innovation for Improving Lives

Topic: Exploring Power Seat Functions

Power seating is often prescribed to manage the risk of pressure ulcers, a potentially serious complication for individuals who use wheelchairs. There is much evidence suggesting the use of power seat functions will reduce the risk of pressure ulcers; however, clinicians sometimes have negative perceptions about the use of certain seat functions or are unaware of the functional outcomes that powered seating can provide. The purpose of this course is to examine the current power seat functions available and discuss their functional impact on an individual's health, independence, and quality of life. 

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