(AEFT) for Therapists
Research shows that adaptive cycling using therapeutic tricycles can positively impact the physical, social and emotional aspects of the lives of individuals living with disabilities. AMBUCS offers the Amtryke program with 15+ therapeutic tricycle frames and 50+ adaptive accessory options to allow nearly anyone to reap the benefits of adaptive cycling.
Per the APTA Guide to Physical Therapy Practice, “Physical therapist patient and client management consists of examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention and outcomes.” This course focuses on the use of therapeutic tricycles as an intervention, specifically an “Assistive Technology” intervention as described here by the ‘Guide.’ “Assistive technology includes the prescription, application, and, as appropriate, fabrication or modification of seating and positioning technologies; aids for locomotion; orthotic devices; prosthetic devices; and other assistive technologies to improve functioning. Prescription, application, and, as appropriate, fabrication or modification of assistive technologies are processes used to select, fit, and deliver assistive technology devices that are used to reduce the level of physical disability, promote activities and participation, and decrease pain caused by various pathologies and injuries. Proper prescription, application, and fabrication and/or modification of assistive technologies can promote good posture; maximize comfort, safety, and efficiency during locomotion; enhance breathing and digestion; minimize risk for pressure ulcers, skin irritation, and other secondary impairments; slow progression of disability; minimize pain; and maximize function during activities of daily living (ADL) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADL).”
This course will serve as a training for licensed PTs and OTs, PTAs and COTAs (non-evaluation content) for appropriately evaluating and fitting individuals with disabilities for Amtryke adaptive therapeutic tricycles. There will be both didactic and hands-on learning lead by a trained instructor with extensive experience in this program. PTs and OTs will benefit from all aspects of this course from evaluation, selection and fitting. PTAs and COTAs will benefit from the understanding of the components and rationale behind the evaluation and selection process to be able to appropriately apply adaptive cycling interventions recommended by the PTs and OTs in the plan of care.
8:00 – 9:45 AM (1.75 hours)
- PowerPoint presentation with demonstration of frames and adaptive accessories
- Research for benefits of adaptive cycling
- Frame selection problem solving based on intended use, safety and neurological and structural factors
- Accessory selection based on needs for each
- Measurement and adjustment lab
- Orientation to paperwork
9:45 – 10:00 AM (0.25 hours)
- Break: Frames and accessories available for hands-on trial by attendees
10:00 – 10:30 AM (0.5 hours)
- Case studies
10:30 – 11:00 AM (0.5 hours)
- PowerPoint presentation of fitting process and checklist
11:00 – 11:30 AM (0.5 hours)
- Instructor led demo of evaluation and fitting
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
1:00 – 3:30 PM (2.5 hours)
- Hands-on eval and fitting in small groups with live demos
Presenter Bios. (coming soon)
For Physical Thrapists, AEFT CCU are certified by ProCert (visit their site for up-to-date list of states covered). We will also seek CCU approval from the Occupational Therapy Board of the state where each training is held. Since we are just launching this program, we will have limited dates in 2018. Dates will be provided below as we confirm them.
“It was AWESOME! Good interaction from instructor and attendees.” – Savannah, GA (November 9, 2019)
“Ashley was great! Very informational and great enthusiasm. Would highly recommend.” – Normal, IL (March 9, 2019)
“Amazing –> good lecture + hands on experience” – Lexington, KY (January 26, 2019)
“Really enjoyed being able to work with kids and have live demos.” -Battle Creek, MI (September 22, 2018)
“I learned so much! Thanks!” -Battle Creek, MI (September 22, 2018)
Cancellation/refund policy – In the case of cancellation, notification at least 14 days prior to the course date will receive a full refund. Notification after 14 days prior to the course will result in a refund of $50.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Conflict of Interest Disclosure – This course describes assessment for a therapeutic tricycle manufactured by Amtryke LLC, which is a fully owned subsidiary of the nonprofit organization, National AMBUCS, Inc. Clinical reasoning may be applied generally to other manufacturers. The therapist instructor is a member of his or her local AMBUCS chapter and receives a speaker fee, paid by Amtryke LLC, to present this course. He or she does not benefit financially from the order or sale of Amtrykes.
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- Frame Selection Chart (Have this open for the Case Study portion of the training)
- Sizing Chart (Have this open for the Case Study portion of the training)
- Amtryke Scholarly Research
- Fitting Checklist
- Example Family Packet
- Amtryke Accessories Not Covered in Training
- Amtryke Catalogue