Course aim and learning outcomes:
The purpose of this course is to give the practitioner a chance to experience some of the challenges faced by wheelchair-using clients and to practise wheelchair skills techniques for overcoming these challenges.
There will be a strong focus on how to teach these techniques to younger clients and how wheelchair games, sports and dance can help to encourage independent mobility.
The course will cover how to ascend and descend kerbs independently, coping with slopes and ramps and emergency evacuation techniques, including use of evacuation chairs.
We discuss the set up of the wheelchair, in particular how the position of the rear axle can affect the user’s experience, as well as looking at other influencing factors such as castor size, tyres (solid verses pneumatic) and frame type (rigid verses folding).
Attendees should be aware that this is a practical course and that a reasonable level of fitness is required for some elements. They should also be aware that although the training aims to educate, it also good fun and great for team building.
Although we provide training for young wheelchair-users for free, we do make a small charge for our training for professionals.
Information for Professionals
Over the years we have run training for hundreds of healthcare and education professionals. We have worked with wheelchair service managers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, youth leaders, sports development workers, teachers and education support staff. We have also run training in a number of universities.
Workshops usually run as a half day session, but we can also run a more in depth full day workshop. Adjacent is an example of a typical workshop…