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Advanced Features for Wheelchairs

Michelle Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS

August 4, 2015

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What are interfacing, mouse emulation and infrared transmission features on a wheelchair?  

Answer

Mouse emulation allows a client to use the driving method to emulate a mouse on a computer or even a tablet.  Infrared transmission allows control of devices in the environment through the access method, such as the television, lights, simple appliances.  Interfacing allows the driver of the power wheelchair to control other assistive technology such as a communication device through the driving method. 


michelle lange

Michelle Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS

Michelle is an occupational therapist with 25 years of experience and former Clinical Director of The Assistive Technology Clinics of The Children’s Hospital of Denver. She is a well-respected lecturer, both nationally and internationally and has authored 7 book chapters and over 175 articles. She is the editor of Fundamentals in Assistive Technology, 4th ed. Michelle is on the teaching faculty of RESNA and the University of Pittsburgh. She is on the RERC on Wheeled Mobility Advisory Board. Michelle is a credentialed ATP, credentialed SMS and is a Senior Disability Analyst of the ABDA.


Related Courses

Dynamic Seating
Presented by Michelle Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS
Recorded Webinar

Presenter

Michelle Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS
Course: #3093Level: Intermediate1 Hour
  'Plenty of videos to show how these systems work, good explanation of how the body interacts with the various seating and head systems and how accomodating they may or may not be'   Read Reviews
Dynamic seating has four primary functions – to allow movement, to diffuse force, to protect the client, and to protect the seating system and mounting hardware. This course will take a look at the product options, discuss clinical indicators and contra-indicators for dynamic components and present case studies to illustrate these points.

Positioning the Head
Presented by Michelle Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS
Recorded Webinar

Presenter

Michelle Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS
Course: #3098Level: Intermediate2 Hours
  'One of the best CE courses I've ever had! Thank you!'   Read Reviews
This course will discuss various strategies to optimize head position. First, we will explore strategies beyond the head support, including specific positioning interventions and addressing visual issues. Second, we will explore posterior head supports in depth, matching specific features to client needs. Third, we will explore other options which may be required if posterior support alone is inadequate, including anterior head support.

Positioning the Pelvis
Presented by Michelle Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS
Recorded Webinar

Presenter

Michelle Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS
Course: #3157Level: Intermediate1 Hour
  'The photos demonstrating the specific positioning was helpful'   Read Reviews
The position of the pelvis very much determines the position of the trunk and lower extremities and so achieving and maintaining the optimal position is critical. This course will present common pelvic asymmetries with suggested strategies to address each challenge. Providing as neutral a pelvic position as possible improves overall posture, stability and function.

Wheelchair Seating for Kids: What's Different?
Presented by Michelle Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS
Recorded Webinar

Presenter

Michelle Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS
Course: #2729Level: Advanced2 Hours
  'She is very knowledgeable on this subject & the case studies were very appropriate for what she was trying to demonstrate'   Read Reviews
The goals of wheelchair seating are to provide adequate postural support, stability, alignment, function, and pressure relief. Children are not just miniature adults and additional factors must be considered to achieve successful outcomes.

Wheelchair Seating: Considerations for the Hands-Free Sitter
Presented by Michelle Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS
Recorded Webinar

Presenter

Michelle Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS
Course: #3585Level: Advanced1 Hour
  'Good pace, clear information and explanations, good speaking voice and tone, very knowledgable'   Read Reviews
Wheelchair seating is designed to provide postural support and alignment, stability for function and mitigate pressure issues. This course will address assessment and intervention when working with a client who can sit without the support of their hands, referred to as the ‘hands-free’ sitter.

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