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IC23 Initiating Powered Mobility for Individuals with Cognitive Dysfunction

Program ID Number: CRS000705
CEU Course ID: P287.15
Webinar Length of Time: 1.0 hour

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Often times, clinicians are faced with the difficulty of providing independent and safe powered mobility to individuals with impaired cognition due to brain trauma. In this course, strategies for successful powered mobility introduction and training will be discussed. Assessment of mobility-related cognitive functions, visual/perceptual abilities, and the developmental training steps for powered mobility will be reviewed. In addition, alternative drive controls and programming options for increasing success during mobility trails will be examined. This program will address how to introduce powered mobility to a client with impaired cognitive functioning.

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Magdalena Love, OTR, ATP
Lebanon, TN
United States

Magdalena Love is originally from Florida and received her Masters of Occupational Therapy from University of Florida. Initially, she worked in the New York School system. In 2011, she went on to hold an Occupational Therapist position at The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) in Houston, TX on both the Brain Injury then the Spinal Cord Injury/Specialty Rehab team. Magdalena was actively involved in seating and mobility clinics during her career at TIRR. She currently works for Permobil as Clinical Education Specialist, is an Assistive Technology Professional, and an active member of AOTA and RESNA.

Note: Faculty for this activity have been required to disclose all relationships with any proprietary entity producing health care goods or services, with the exemption of nonprofit or government organizations and non-healthcare related companies.

* Disclosed she is an employee of a commercial entity, Permobil, Inc..



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Updated | 06.25.2015