Convaid will offer an Early Intervention webinar for CEU credit by Karen “Missy” Ball, MT, PT, ATP. The webinar is entitled The Place for Dependent Pediatric Wheelchairs in Early Intervention, to be held online at 8AM PST on Friday, November 6, 2015.

K. Missy Ball, MT, PT, ATP

K. Missy Ball, MT, PT, ATP

The Convaid webinar training will provide information on early intervention and seating and mobility to aide this population. The federal/state EI program will be defined, populations it addresses discussed, and the 5 domains of development explored. Seating and mobility goals for EI will be discussed, as well as components affecting postural control and seating options to facilitate active improvement where possible or passive support when active improvement not possible. Components of postural control discussed will be musculoskeletal, neuro-motor, and sensory –motor strategies of development. Promoting normal skeletal development through seating options will be explored as well as the negative impact of skeletal malalignment on hip development, respiration, GI, and feeding. Funding guidelines, seating assessment and other individual needs will guide the selection of product. Dependent wheelchairs appropriate for the EI population will be identified and compared (complex rehab stroller vs manual wheelchair). Reasons for independent mobility (whenever possible) will be discussed as well.

Physical therapists and other prescribers are invited to join Convaid’s mailing list to ensure that they will receive first-hand information on new classes and other Convaid resources, as they become available.

A 39-year health care veteran, Ms. Ball is the former Acting Director of the Physical Therapy Department of Children’s Hospital in New Orleans, where she co-directed the hospital’s seating program for 10 years. During this time, she also served as consultant to the United Cerebral Palsy Center’s Seating Clinic. Ms. Ball continues to tour and lecture globally on seating and mobility topics and runs a private practice specializing in pediatric neurology and special needs mobility equipment. She is an ATP and certified pediatric NDT with a solid focus on improving functions through treatment and equipment.

To register for the upcoming webinar please click here.

Convaid webinars, such as The Place for Dependent Pediatric wheelchairs in Early Intervention, are typically approved by the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA). Although there is no charge to participate in Convaid’s webinars, there is a $20 processing fee for handling paperwork related to issuance of the 0.1 CEUs.

At the end of the webinar, if participants seek CEU credit, they must complete an Evaluation Questionnaire to be provided at the end of the webinar, enclose a $20 handling fee and mail both back to Convaid, postmarked no later than November 17, 2015, addressed to: Convaid Products, Inc./CEU Webinar, 2830 California Street, Torrance, CA 90503.

Convaid’s product line of mobility products are typically prescribed for children with mild to moderate involvement concurrent to the following conditions: Cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, Duchene Muscular Dystrophy, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Spinal Bifida, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Cystic Fibrosis, Mitochondrial Disease, Metabolic Diseases, and Sensory Processing Disorders, among others.

About Convaid

Convaid, the company that invented the adaptive assisted wheelchair, has helped special needs children and their families live fuller, more productive lives since 1976. Convaid produces high-performance, easy-to-use and attractive mobility products for all stages of a young person’s life, from infancy to young adulthood. Each product is custom-built to individual specifications to provide optimum comfort, safety and convenience.


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