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.
For additional information, including details on how to schedule an event in your area, please email us at STEPSrequest@sunmed.com.
When it comes to recommending the best ultra lightweight wheelchair for a client, various factors come into play, including the client's preferences, set-up of the wheelchair, weight, components, etc. This two-hour course explores the science and technology of ultra lightweight wheelchair frames, components, and set-up as well as provides clinically relevant concepts to anyone involved in the assessment to improve the outcome for the client. Time will also be spent exploring the importance of the configuration of wheelchairs and examining the benefits, features, and situations in which certain components on an ultra lightweight manual wheelchair may be best.
In order to recommend a wheeled mobility device for a client, it is essential to have a good understanding of the parts and pieces that go into creating the best wheelchair for the individual. During this four-hour course, participants will have the opportunity to explore the science and technology of manual wheelchairs as well as learn about clinically relevant concepts involved in the assessment and prescription of both independent and dependent manual wheelchairs. Time will be spent reviewing the assessment process, exploring the importance of the configuration of wheelchairs, and examining the benefits, features, and situations in which certain components on manual wheelchairs may be best.
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."
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 a person 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.
Independent mobility is powerful! During this four-hour educational seminar focused on power mobility, time will be spent reviewing topics including the assessment process, seating & positioning components, power seating options, drive wheel position, electronics, wheelchair base selection, drive control options, etc. In order to provide the attendees with real life experience and encourage professional growth through collaboration with other professionals, attendees will have the opportunity to experiment with and trial equipment.
Selecting the best seating system for a client is crucial for not only his/her overall function, but also health. This two-hour seminar focuses on the clinical rationale for standard cushion and back choices along the continuum of seating. Participants will gain an understanding of how materials and design play specific roles in selecting the proper wheelchair cushion and back. In addition, examples of customizations which can be made to standard cushions and backs will be provided (including potential clinical applications for each customization).
When it comes to meeting the needs of our clients through seating and positioning, we often find ourselves faced with complicated scenarios that defy what a textbook, an instruction manual, or conventional thinking would recommend we do. Having a basic understanding of the possibilities will not only benefit your clients, but it will also help you! During this two-hour seminar, participants will learn about components that make up a custom configured seating system and considerations that may come into play when recommending the most appropriate seating system for a client.
Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) is the largest and fastest growing visual impairment diagnosis among children in first world countries. For those individuals working in the world of complex rehabilitation technology with clients with CVI, it is essential to have a basic understanding of the diagnosis. The session will begin with an overview of CVI, including the characteristics and an in-depth description of the phases of CVI. Strategies for creating an effective environment, considerations to keep in mind while conducting a seating & mobility evaluation, and developing manual & power mobility skills for independence will also be presented.
Studies have shown that providing children with the opportunity to explore their environment is essential for helping to meet all of the developmental milestones. A mix of creativity and complex rehabilitation technology may be required to facilitate such experiences for clients with physical disabilities. During this engaging four-hour seminar, participants will learn about a variety of seating and wheeled mobility equipment that is available to pediatric clients and strategies for deciding whether a child is appropriate for a dependent or independent device. In addition, techniques for encouraging caregivers to pursue obtaining complex rehab technology equipment for their children will also be discussed.