Date: Wednesday, July 13, 2022 12:00 PM- Wednesday, July 13, 2022 1:00 PM
Lead/Instructor: Lee Kirby (Dalhousie University)*; Cher Smith (Dalhousie University)
Evidence is accumulating regarding the importance of using a more formal approach to wheelchair skills training than has traditionally been the case. Trainers need to know both “what to train” (e.g. how to ascend a curb), based on biomechanical and ergonomic research, and “how to train” (e.g. demonstration, practice scheduling and feedback), based on motor skills learning research. In this workshop, we will provide an evidence-based, but clinician-friendly, overview of motor-skills learning theory. Although we will use the example of wheelchair skills training to illustrate these principles, this approach is applicable to the learning of any motor skill.