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IC67: Solution to Complex Drive Systems with the ALS Population

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The management of patients with ALS has changed dramatically in the past 20 years. When choosing the appropriate mobility device and drive controls needs to be carefully evaluated and chosen based on the patient's abilities, disabilities, rate of progression, and anticipated changes. ALS patients will be presented in this course -each with varied symptoms, level of function, abilities and rate of progression. Specific complex drive systems for the different stages of ALS will be discussed.


Learning Objectives:

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



Pam Glazener, OTR, ATP
Houston Methodist Hospital
Houston, Texas
United States

Pamela Glazener is a senior Occupational Therapist and ATP at Houston Methodist Hospital. Mrs. Glazener graduated from Texas Woman's University in 1991 with her Masters in Occupational Therapy. She has worked at Houston Methodist Hospital for 24 years and with the ALS clinic for 20 years. She received the TOTA Clinical Excellence Award in 2012 and published her research, “The Effectiveness of a New Neck Brace Design for the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Population.”

Gina Kaye Strack, OTR, ATP
Townsend Rep Group
Houston, Texas
United States

Gina received her Master's of Occupational Therapy in 1991 and ATP certification in 2001. Gina is the Occupational Therapist for the ALSA Certified ALS center at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston Texas since 2007. Gina practices as both the evaluater and provider for custom rehab equipment, specializing in alternative drive controls and access. She presented “Predicting the future mobility needs of the patients with ALS” at ISS conference in 2015.



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