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RESNA (NJ1), Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) (Las Vegas, NV, Jun 26-30, 2010)

We tested the hypothesis that training a parent in wheelchair-user and caregiver wheelchair skills would improve the child's wheelchair skills. We studied an 11-year-old girl with spina bifida and her mother. The mother received 4 training sessions averaging 42.5 minutes per session, over a period of 3 weeks. The total pre-training and, 4 weeks after completion of the parent-training sessions, post-training performance Wheelchair Skills Test (WST 4.1) scores for the child were 66% and 69%, for the mother as a simulated wheelchair user were 69% and 84% and for the mother as a caregiver were 93% and 100%. Both the mother and the child perceived the training to be beneficial. This case study suggests the potential for parent training to benefit their children's wheelchair skills abilities.

Descriptors: Mothers, Caregivers, Congenital Impairments, Training, Parents, Assistive Technology, Parent Education, Hypothesis Testing, Skill Development, Preadolescents, Physical Disabilities, Program Effectiveness, Scores, Simulation

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Author: Kirby, R. Lee; Smith, Cher; Billard, Jessica L.; Irving, Jenny D. H.; Pitts, Janice E.; White, Rebecca S.



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