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Course Description

This course utilizes content from the textbook “Spinal Cord Injuries Management and Rehabilitation by Sue Ann Sisto, PT, MA, PhD, Erica Druin MPT and Martha Macht Sliwinski, PT, MA PhD © 2009, published by Elsevier.
Instructional Level: Beginner to Intermediate
From hospital admittance to discharge to outpatient rehabilitation, this course addresses the wide spectrum of rehabilitation interventions and administrative and clinical issues specific to patients with spinal cord injuries.  Comprehensive coverage includes treatment costs, life expectancies, acute care, respiratory care, documentation, goal setting, clinical treatment, complications, and activities of daily living associated with spinal cord patients.

In addition to therapy interventions and family education components you’ll find information on incidence, etiology, diagnosis, and clinical features of spinal cord injury.  Thoroughly referenced, evidence-based content provides the best evidence for treatment, drawn from the most current research in the field.  Also included are “Clinical Note” boxes that offer helpful tips and advice for practical applications related to each discussion.  With more than 500 illustrations – clinical photos and line drawings – visually clarifying important concepts helping you to familiarize with each condition discussed.
To better meet your professional needs, this fully illustrated text of 552 pages has been carefully broken down into 4 modules.  Each module approved for 10 contact hours of post-graduate continuing education (NOTE: board approvals vary state to state, please check your states approval status in the state specific course catalog by returning to our home page and entering both your state and profession).
Each 10 contact hour module can be purchased individually or combined with one or all of the other modules from this course to create a Course Bundle.  Each course is offered in two easy formats to again meet your professional needs.  You can choose to have immediate access to your course by selecting the online format (PDF download) or a hard copy of the material can be rushed to your home by selecting our mail format. 

Module Description

Included in Module 3:  Assistive Technology, Home Modifications, Wheelchair Skills and Ambulation
Chapter 12:  Assessment and Match for Effective Assistive Technology
Chapter 13:  Using Assistive Technology
Chapter 14:  Accessible Home Modification and Durable Medical Equipment
Chapter 15:  Wheelchair Skills
Chapter 16:  Ambulation

Module Goals

Spinal Cord Injuries
Module 3: Assistive Technology, Home Modifications, Wheelchair Skills and Ambulation
Course Goals and Objectives
Course Goals:This course is intended to instruct the professional through a self-paced study of Assistive Technology, Home Modifications, Wheelchair Skills and Ambulation in Spinal Cord Injuries.

Professional Learning Objectives

  1. List the categories of assistive technology and the functional level of each.
  2. Discuss the Matching Person and Technology process of selecting appropriate technology for a patient.
  3. Identify barriers to acquiring assistive technology devices and services.
  4. Differentiate between momentary, latched and proportional switches and how they function as an alternative means to execute a command in an electronic device.
  5. Explain the importance of mainstream technology and how it benefits an individual with a spinal cord injury.
  6. Discuss the percentage of individuals with spinal cord injuries that do not return to their home environment following a spinal cord injury
  7. Explain universal design.
  8. Identify programs available to help with funding for home modifications for spinal cord injury patients.
  9. Demonstrate knowledge in home modifications and the appropriate rooms to consider for modification.
  10. Discuss the level of injury and the role it plays in home modifications.
  11. List appropriate doorway measurements to accommodate for wheelchair dependent patients.
  12. Explain bed/mattress options and selections appropriate to meet the needs of spinal cord injury patients.
  13. List wheelchair design options.
  14. Identify the appropriate axle placement to meet the needs of each individual.
  15. List propulsion techniques and differentiate between each.
  16. Explain the role wheelies play in gaining independence in wheelchair mobility.
  17. Discuss ascending and descending ramps in a wheelchair.
  18. Discuss ascending and descending a curb in a wheelchair.
  19. Identify prerequisites to negotiating stairs in a wheelchair.
  20. List all methods of maneuvering steps.
  21. Explain the parastance position and when it is appropriate to assume this position.
  22. Demonstrate knowledge in implementing the Berg Balance Test.
  23. Define conventional rehabilitation.
  24. Differentiate between conventional gait rehabilitation and locomotor training.
  25. Differentiate between swing-through, swing-to and drag-to gait patterns.
  26. Discuss the role functional electrical stimulation plays in rehabilitation of muscle bulk and reducing spasticity.