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Mobility Considerations for Spinal Cord Injury (1hr/0.1CEU/1.0CEC)

Mobility Considerations for Spinal Cord Injury (1hr/0.1CEU/1.0CEC)

Pride Learning Institute
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Course Code:  DIA0923h-1

0.1 AOTA CEUs/1 Contact Hours

Target Audience:  Licensed/Certified Medical Professional (i.e. PT, OT), Rehab Professional (ATP, SMS, CRTS)

Course Materials/Equipment:  None

Course Description:   Assessing an end user for appropriate mobility solutions can be an intimidating task. Decisions that are made will have an impact on the individual’s quality of life, functional mobility, physical well-being, and social interactions. This task can seem even more complex when you are working with clients that might require advanced seating and positioning along with potential for alternative drive controls and customized programming. Those with a spinal cord injury many times are dependent on optimal seating and mobility solutions to enable optimal functional independence in their daily routines. This course will discuss the characteristics and decision-making process for those post spinal cord injury, as well as the special considerations on power mobility and alternative drive control intervention. Current and relevant research will be discussed as it relates to assessment, and decision making for the appropriate mobility solution that provides safe, timely, and independent mobility maximizing the potential for and end users’ quality of life in all roles and activities of daily living.

Learning Objectives:  

At the conclusion of the course the participant will be able to:

  1. Discuss spinal cord injury levels C1-C8 functional implications related to mobility and seating selection for optimal independence.
  2. Identify 3 areas of physical/functional impact that inappropriate assessment and prescription of seating and mobility selections can have on those post SCI.
  3. Compare 3 alternative drive control options that would maximize independence in activities of daily living for those with a spinal cord injury.

Pre-requisites:  Basic understanding of mobility algorithm and basic knowledge of group 3 power mobility


Hour 1

  • Review of C1-C8 spinal cord injury anatomy and functional movement patterns. Application of movement and function to mobility device selection. Review of cases with specific examples of alternative drive controls and seating considerations based on client presentation for maximal functional independence. Review of cushion and backrest considerations when matching to a client’s mobility needs.

Course Level:   Intermediate

Instructional Methods:  Lecture, Discussion

AOTA Classification Code:  OT Service Delivery, Foundational Knowledge

ADA: If you require ADA accommodations, please contact the Education Department (

Disclosure Statement:  This course is for educational purposes and is based on outside peer-reviewed research. No specific product will be promoted or sold.