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“Manual Wheelchair Skills Assessment and Training: A Practical Workshop for Therapists”

Saturday, 29 September // 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Hilton Anatole, Dallas, Texas
Room: Coronado D

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Regular Price $349

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R. Lee Kirby, MD, FRCPC
Dalhousie University, Canada



Lynn Worobey, PhD, DPT, ATP
Assistant Professor
The University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA



Carrie Callahan, PT, ATP
President and Co-Founder
Empower SCI, Boston, Massachusetts



This 8-hour workshop is relevant for any therapist who has interactions with people who are manual wheelchair users and their caregivers. The workshop will begin with a 1-hour didactic introduction to the Wheelchair Skills Program ( The remaining practical portion of the workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to experience a range of wheelchair skills including spotting techniques and assessment methods but will focus on training issues (both the ‘tricks of the trade’ and motor-skills-learning principles).

The wheelchair is one of the most enabling technologies a clinician can provide. However, without proper user training, the positive impact on community access and quality of life can be compromised. Unfortunately, many wheelchair users lack skills crucial for independence, safety and upper limb preservation. In the context of reduced lengths of stay across the rehabilitation continuum, it is important that clinicians have access to effective and evidence-based interventions to teach users these skills. The Wheelchair Skills Program (WSP) consists of evidence-based assessment and training protocols – the Wheelchair Skills Test (WST) and Wheelchair Skills Training Program (WSTP) respectively. This workshop will provide an overview of 1:1 and group training. We will discuss the effectiveness of each these interventions through randomized control trial and prospective cohort studies, as well as outcome measures (the WST, its questionnaire version [WST-Q], and a Goal Attainment Scale [GAS]) that can be used in a clinical setting to evaluate wheelchair skills. We will provide participants with a blueprint for how these methods can be translated to their clinical setting with a clear understanding of how to progress from basic to advanced for propulsion, turning, wheelies, and curb negotiation skill sets. An overview will also be presented on motor learning theories for timing and content of feedback. We will also discuss the role of wheelchair setup in skill performance. Participants will get hands-on practice with receiving and providing skills training while performing, spotting, and instructing on wheelchair skills.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe how to access free assessment and training resources from the Wheelchair Skills Program website
  2. Describe 5 motor-skills learning principles
  3. Demonstrate safe spotting techniques
  4. Perform basic, intermediate and some advanced wheelchair skills
  5. Describe how to implement the Wheelchair Skills Program in their own settings


  • Physical Therapist
  • Physical Therapist Student
  • Physician
  • Resident Physician
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist Student


7 Hours of CME/CEUs

• Case Managers (CCMC)
• Dieticians (CDR)
• Disability Management Specialists (CDMS Commission)
• Health Care Executives (ACHE)
• Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork Therapists (NCBTMB)
• Nurses (ANCC)
• Occupational Therapists (AOTA)
• Physicians (ACCME Includes Canada Physicians and Physician Assistants)
• Psychologists (APA Division 22 Accreditation)
• Rehabilitative Counselors (CRCC)
• Social Workers (NASW)
• Speech-Language Professionals (ASHA)
• Physical Therapists (FSBPT and remaining individual States approvals)


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Perks of Registering for this course:

  • Access to all conference slides
  • Access to the speakers for Q&A
  • Access to the ACRM Community
  • Network with other like-minded interdisciplinary rehabilitation professionals
  • Connect with other conference attendees in the APP
  • CME/CEUs

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Regular Price $349

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