This purpose of this course is to improve the participant’s knowledge base on the evaluation and intervention techniques using assistive technology. It will encourage participants to use the latest evidence with inclusion of assistive technology as an integral part of the comprehensive evaluation and intervention process. The primary focus will be on wheelchair seating and its impact upon body function and structures and participation. This course will also focus on the use of assistive technology to maximize client’s participation. Using the latest evidence, participants will develop skilled observation, problem solving and clinical reasoning skills to interpret the evaluation data and translate it into most appropriate features for the wheelchair seating, mobility and assistive technology products. This course will improve the participant’s knowledge and clinical application of electrical stimulation to improve strength, function, and fitness in people with neurological dysfunction. Discuss precautions and contraindications for the use of electrical stimulation. Differentiate between direct vs. therapeutic benefits of functional electrical stimulation and describe the potential for health and fitness benefits and parameters to achieve desired muscle response. Conduct an intervention with electrical stimulation based on examination findings and patient goals.


Pre-conference preparation (6 hours of online lectures) and 1 day at a clinical site.

Target Audience: Intermediate level course open to licensed physical and occupational therapists.

Credits: 14 contact hours (6 online and 8 on-site) from EIM Institute of Health Professions

Program Applicability: Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency, Certification, and Postprofessional DPT (NR 202F; .38 credits)

Prerequisites: None

Appropriate dress: Participants are asked to bring appropriate attire for lab sessions (i.e. shorts and t-shirts and sports bras for women) and air-conditioned environments throughout the day (i.e. warm-up or work-out clothes).


  1. Identify the steps of the wheelchair assessment and procurement process
  2. Identify the components of a mat evaluation and translate the findings into wheelchair and seating system product features
  3. Incorporate current best evidence into the wheelchair and seating system evaluation and intervention process
  4. Demonstrate the ability to identify problems, formulate clinically relevant questions, and utilize resources to investigate questions and generate hypotheses related to the wheelchair and seating system intervention
  5. Discuss electrical stimulation applications for improving strength and function for people with neurologic dysfunction.
  6. Differentiate between direct vs. therapeutic benefits of functional electrical stimulation.
  7. Apply knowledge about electrical stimulation parameters to achieve desired muscle response.
  8. Most importantly – be able to apply this stuff to your clinical practice next week!

References Required and supplementary articles are listed in each weekly module and can be downloaded from the Moodle Learning Management System.


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