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Course List

Our Sunrise Training and Education Program (STEPS) seminars are designed to provide participants with clinical education on a variety of topics related to improving the provision process and outcomes related to CRT including manual wheelchairs, power wheelchairs, and seating. Each seminar is conducted by a member of our highly educated and experienced team of professionals in engaging formats which include lecture, discussions, and hands-on activities to provide the most optimal learning experience.

All of our in-person courses and webinars are credentialed by IACET and ProCert. This program is presented to you in partnership with VGM Education. VGM Education is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU.

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For additional information, including details on how to schedule an event in your area, please email us at EIM@sunmed.com.

Available Courses:

Clinical benefits of tilt technology in manual wheelchairs

Tilt-in-space wheelchairs have been utilized for pressure relief, however the advances of tilt technology have given the client opportunity to utilize tilt wheelchairs for other clinical benefits. This seminar will look at the different technologies and their clinical benefits to the client. The participant will be able to identify the differences between fixed and adjustable seat angle and provide justification for their use.

2 Hours

Examining the components of ultralight manual wheelchairs

Although the weight of the frame of an ultralight manual wheelchair is a critical component for selection, there are additional components that affect the efficiency and function of the manual wheelchair. This course will examine those components with regard to weight and function. The participant will be able to identify these components and justify their use.

2 Hours

Wheeled mobility for tweens and teens

Throughout the pre-adolescence and adolescence phases of development, pediatric clients will likely experience various changes in areas such as physical growth, appearance, cognition, emotional, and psychosocial development. All of these changes can have a significant impact on not only the equipment selected for a pediatric client, but also the level at which the client is directly involved in the entire complex rehabilitation technology provision process. During this two-hour educational session participants will learn about considerations to keep in mind when recommending seating and wheeled mobility equipment for this unique population. Topics including the complete evaluation process, potential impacts of human development, and key aspects of equipment will be reviewed.

2 Hours

Early intervention wheeled mobility

Play is often described as the work of children and is one of the primary ways in which children learn. Unfortunately for many children with physical limitations, engaging in activities including play without the support of adaptive equipment is not possible. In addition, the lack of proper positioning and mobility equipment can have a significant impact on a child's respiratory system, gastrointestinal system, muscular skeletal system, and develop skills (e.g. communication, cognition, social, emotional, etc.). During this two-hour seminar, participants will learn about the role seating and mobility plays in a child's development, the complete evaluation process, and complex rehabilitation technology (CRT) available specifically for infants to young children, as well as the clinical application of the equipment discussed.

2 Hours

Comparing and contrasting power wheelchair bases

A power wheelchair has the potential to provide a client with independent mobility to increase independence with activities of daily living across various environments. One of the key selections the client and team of professionals involved in the provision process of a power wheelchair must make is the selection of the wheelchair base. In order to make the most appropriate choice to meet a client's specific needs, it is essential to have an understanding of the various technology and components that comprise a power wheelchair base. This educational seminar will provide participants with the opportunity to examine various aspects of power wheelchair bases such as drive wheel position, suspension, caster wheels, overall footprint, etc. Discussions will also include the potential benefits of each, areas of consideration, and examples of clinical applications.

2 Hours

Standard & alternative input drive controls

Independence through power mobility can be life-changing for a client with physical disabilities. From standard joysticks and proportional head arrays to proximity switches, there are numerous types of input devices an individual can use to drive a power wheelchair. However, selecting the drive control is only one piece of solving the drive control mystery. Determining the best place to mount a drive control device and the equipment needed to make that happen can be challenging. During this two-hour seminar participants will be introduced to a variety of equipment, adaptations, and concepts that may improve their clients' level of success with finding greater independence through power mobility.

2 Hours

Strategies for teaching power mobility skills

Creating exciting yet effective strategies for evaluating and teaching power mobility skills can be difficult. During this session participants will learn tips and tricks for creating a successful power mobility training program. First, considerations to keep in mind when setting up the environment, communication techniques, and expectations of the end-user & the entire team will be reviewed. Next, strategies and activity ideas for developing skills while the client is not in a power wheelchair (e.g. home, school, day treatment program, etc.) will be discussed, followed by curriculum ideas for power mobility training sessions while the client is "behind the wheel."

2 Hours

Improving lives through power seat functions

Power seating functions (PSF) provide clients with a variety of different opportunities to independently change their position in space. These functions provide functional, medical, and social benefits. The participant will gain an understanding of the clinical application of power seating functions including tilt, recline, adjustable seat height, elevating, etc.

2 Hours

Applying seating principles to enhance the CRT provision process

Seated measurements are one aspect of a proper fitting seating system. Basic seating and mobility concepts can be used to provide improved comfort and function when recommending complex rehabilitation technology (CRT). This course will discuss these concepts and provide a foundation for improving outcomes.

2 Hours

Thinking Inside the Box

Many times an individual has specific seating needs that require custom modifications of their seating system due to changes in the individual's orthopedic asymmetries or positioning. Customizations can be addressed during the ordering process or in the clinic on standard cushions and backs. This course will discuss modification of standard cushions and backs.

2 Hours

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