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IC36: Group Wheelchair Skills Training – Setting and Achieving Goals

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Many wheelchair users lack skills crucial for independence, safety and upper limb preservation. Unfortunately, individualized training is increasingly difficult with the shortened lengths of stay. This session will discuss the logistics of group wheelchair skills training as a potential solution including: goal setting, scheduling, space and supply needs, group dynamics, and accommodating users with different baseline skill levels. The effectiveness of a multi-site randomized control trial utilizing this intervention will be presented with case examples.


Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to;



Lynn Worobey, PhD, DPT, ATP
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
United States

Lynn Worobey is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her doctorate in bioengineering from the University of Pittsburgh. She has extensive experience in biomechanics and is a certified Assistive Technology Professional (ATP). She also holds a clinical doctorate in physical therapy. Her interests include maximizing function for individuals who utilize assistive technology in both a research and clinical setting.

Rachel Hibbs
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Pt, Dpt, PA

Jessica Presperin Pedersen, OTR/L, ATP
Rehab Institute of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
United States

Jessica works as a researcher at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago soon to be called the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.  Jessica recently earned her doctorate in OT from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.  She provides wheelchair and seating services at an RIC off-site and has a private practice where she provides seating consultations and presentations for pre-service and post- service continuing education as well as product development.

Mary Shea, MA, OTR, ATP
Kessler Foundation and Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation
West Orange, NJ
United States



    1. Worobey, L. A., Kirby, R. L., Heinemann, A. W., Krobot, E. A., Dyson-Hudson, T. A., Cowan, R., ... & Boninger, M. L. (2016). Effectiveness of Group Wheelchair Skills Training for People with
    2. Spinal Cord Injury: A Randomized Control Trial. Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation. Best, K. L., Kirby, R. L., Smith, C., & MacLeod, D. A. (2005). Wheelchair skills training for community-based manual wheelchair users: a randomized controlled trial. Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation, 86(12), 2316-2323.
    3. Hosseini, S. M., Oyster, M. L., Kirby, R. L., Harrington, A. L., & Boninger, M. L. (2012). Manual wheelchair skills capacity predicts quality of life and community integration in persons with spinal cord injury. Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation, 93(12), 2237-2243.

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