Continuing Education

Continuing Education






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June 10, 2020

1 to 1:45 PM EDT

Motion Minute: One on One with the One Arm Drive (CEC)

Olivia Tefera, PT, DPT

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June 17, 2020

1 to 2:00 PM EDT

Why Weight Matters

1 contact hour/.1 CEU

Christie Hamstra, PT, DPT, ATP

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June 24, 2020

1 to 1:45 PM EDT

Motion Minute: Introducing the Veloce (CEC)

Allison Speight, OT, ATP

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July 8, 2020

11 AM to 12:30PM EDT

Center of Gravity, What Does it Really Mean

1.5 Contact Hours/.2 CEU

Tina Roesler, PT, MS, ABDA

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July 15, 2020

1 to 2 PM EDT

Motion Minute: Introduction to NXT Seating, Partners in Innovation


Phil Goodenough, Sales and Marketing Manager DHCS

                Allison Speight OT, ATP

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*Schedule subject to change. Full course CEU descriptions are below.

Why Weight Matters in Manual Wheelchair and Component Selection


Wheelchair manufacturers often promote having the lightest wheelchairs made of the lightest materials. Does this matter?  And, if so, how much? Understanding the benefits of a lighter manual wheelchair is important for the client and anyone involved in the prescription of manual wheelchairs.  The decisions made when ordering and configuring a wheelchair will impact the weight and can have a significant effect on the client’s function, independence and safety.

Anatomy of a Wheelchair: Material and Design Considerations


When selecting an appropriate manual wheelchair, we often focus on the features and benefits of the selected product; or default to the familiar. However, we may be doing our client’s a disservice by not considering the form and function of the wheelchair.

Center of Gravity - What Does It Really Mean?


In the scope of manual wheelchair prescription and wheelchair skills training, you often hear clinicians and end-users referring to center of gravity (COG) or rear wheel adjustment.  What does center of gravity really refer to and how does it impact the function of a manual wheelchair?  In this program, we will review evidence related to COG selection, adjustment, and optimal manual wheelchair performance, and discuss the clinical significance in optimizing functional performance.

Maximizing Manual Wheelchair Propulsion Efficiency


Considering the energy required for a client to propel a manual wheelchair every day, and the resulting forces that impact the health of the upper extremity, it is imperative to consider the importance of manual wheelchair propulsion efficiency. An individual who can propel efficiently throughout the day will have a greater potential to reach further distances while maintaining a higher level of energy and function.  But what changes in the treatment plan must clinicians consider to help maximize their client’s propulsion efficiency?

Measurements for Manual Wheelchairs: Details Make a Big Difference


The manual wheelchair assessment and set-up is individual to the client and is therefore a complex and intricate process. Decisions made during this process can be the difference between client satisfaction and equipment abandonment. The results can have an effect on the users’ health, level of independence and overall quality of life.  This highly skilled process involves formal and informal assessments and the knowledge gathered adapted to complete the manual wheelchair order-form. This requires practitioners to make clinical judgments which impact client outcomes.

K0005 Funding: Ensuring Appropriate Access to Equipment


For a client, funding can be the element of a manual wheelchair prescription which can stand between unwanted dependency and maximizing independence. For a therapist, the balance between determining payment for complex rehab equipment and recommending the most appropriate equipment can be a difficult and frustrating part of the process when it is not fully understood.  Knowing the wheelchair funding programs, as well as having strategies for success, can make this this step easier for the therapist, resulting in a smooth process and improved outcomes for the client.

Changes with Age – Giving You the Justification for Custom Manual Wheelchairs for the Geriatric Client -  new for 2020


The geriatric client can be easily overlooked as one who could benefit from a custom fitting, ultralightweight, adjustable manual wheelchair. They are too often provided the “basic” wheelchair without much thought on the part of the clinician because it requires little to no work to justify. This presentation will review how the normal aging process causes losses in strength and muscle mass, decreased range of motion, and postural changes. Discussions will revolve around how these normal aging decreases can be intensified by disease processes that necessitate wheelchair utilization.

Anatomy of a Wheelchair: Clinical Implications – new for 2020


When selecting an appropriate manual wheelchair, we often focus on the features and benefits of the selected product; or default to the familiar.  However, we may be doing our client’s a disservice by not considering the form and function of the wheelchair.