With the rise in the use of text messaging the average number of spoken words may have decreased in recent years; however, the reality is communication, in whatever form, still remains an essential tool for interacting with and educating others including in the world of power mobility. During this one-hour session participants will learn about the importance of working with an interdisciplinary team to develop each client’s curriculum for power mobility training which includes designing an environment for success and strategies for effective communication. Topics to be discussed include the number of communication partners involved in training session, learning styles, hierarchy of prompting, various examples of all three overarching forms of communication (oral, non-verbal, and written), adaptations that can be made to power mobility equipment, and practical strategies to facilitate successful outcomes of power mobility training.
The participant will be able to list the power mobility training team members and describe each of their roles in the process.
The participant will be able to identify at least three (3) strategies to create an environment for successful power mobility training. The participant will be able to list the power mobility training team members and describe each of their roles in the process.
The participant will be able to describe five strategies for verbal and nonverbal communication that can be incorporated into the curriculum of power mobility training session.
Angie Kiger is the Clinical Strategy and Education Manager for Sunrise Medical US. She earned a Master of Education degree in Assistive Technology from George Mason University. Angie is an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP), Seating and Mobility Specialist (SMS), and a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). Angie has over 18 years of experience working in the field of assistive technology. Prior to joining the Sunrise Medical team in 2012, she worked with infants, children, and adults in both inpatient and outpatient settings. In addition to working as a clinician, Angie has served as an adjunct instructor at George Mason University and presented at numerous industry conferences in the US and abroad. She has written articles for trade publications and serves as a member of Mobility Management magazine’s Editorial Advisory Board.