Physical Disabilities: An Overview

*This course has been pre-approved by NCTRC for 5 clock hours.

This course will serve to explain what physical disabilities are, the causes of physical disabilities, the specific types of physical disabilities, and considerations for Recreational Therapist should be aware of when working with people who have physical disabilities

Course Objectives

  • Learner will be able to identify at least 3 common causes of physical disabilities

  • Learner will be able to identify at least 5 considerations the RT should keep in mind when working with people with different physical disabilities

  • Learner will demonstrate understanding of the physical differences in spinal cord injury levels of injury

  • Learner will be able to define adaptive equipment

  • Learner will be able to list 4 examples of adaptive equipment used with people with physical disabilities.

Ava Skrabanek, MA, CTRS

Instructor Bio:

Ava received her BS from Texas A&M University in 2007 and her MSRLS with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation from Texas State in 2011. She has worked as a recreational therapist for over 6 years in a variety of settings, including PM&R, behavioral health, adaptive sports, and summer camps. She is currently in the Austin, Texas area. She has extensive experience working with people with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities in both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation settings, as well as in the community.

Ava Skrabanek, MA, CTRS

SMART Instructor