Alternative Drive Controls

Power Wheelchair Alternative Drive Controls (4 or 6 hoURS)

Power wheelchairs can provide independent mobility for many people with physical limitations. However, not everyone can use a standard joystick due to limitations in motor control or muscle strength. This course will present a variety of alternative proportional and digital access methods with clinical indicators for each. Hands-on time with individual access methods and opportunities to program will be included. Case studies will be used throughout and audience participation is encouraged.

POWER WHEELCHAIR ALTERNATIVE DRIVE CONTROLS FOR PEOPLE WITH INCREASED MUSCLE TONE (2 HOURS)
This course will address alternative driving methods for power wheelchairs that are often appropriate for clients who have increased muscle tone. Increased muscle tone generally reduces fine motor control and the ability to use a standard joystick. Programming strategies for this population will also be addressed. Finally, mobility training strategies will be presented.

POWER WHEELCHAIR ALTERNATIVE DRIVE CONTROLS FOR PEOPLE WITH MUSCLE WEAKNESS (2 HOURS)
This course will address alternative driving methods for power wheelchairs that are often appropriate for clients with muscle weakness. Driving methods must capture very small movements with little or no force. Use of these driving methods is very dependent on adequate postural support and mounting of the access method itself. Programming strategies for this population will also be addressed.

PEDIATRIC POWER MOBILITY (2 OR 4 HOURS)
Research indicates that even very young children can benefit from independent mobility, specifically in the areas of cognitive, visual and psycho-social development. For children with physical motor limitations, this mobility may be powered. This session will review the current research and discuss clinical implications for the children we work with. The longer session also includes determining readiness for a power wheelchair, developing those readiness skills and optimizing driving after a power wheelchair is recommended.

POWER WHEELCHAIR DRIVING METHODS FOR YOUR TOUGHEST CLIENTS (2 OR 4 HOURS)
While some clients require a power wheelchair to achieve independent mobility, not all will be able to use a standard joystick. Clients with paralysis, muscle weakness, increased muscle tone, and uncontrolled movements can often drive a power wheelchair successfully when matched to the most appropriate alternative driving method. This course will systematically explore various alternative driving methods, including specific features, to match these complex client needs. Case studies will be used throughout.