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Email: stuart@freedomwheelchairskills.co.uk

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Training - Advanced skills

Depending on individual skill and ability, I can teach more advanced skills to increase your confidence and independence in using your wheelchair.

1) Back wheel balance (BWB). This skill can look flash on the dance floor but is in turn the start of kerb ascent and descent. BWB is also used to negotiate the chair over grass, shingle and other difficult terrain, and to control steep ramp descent.

3) Negotiate ramps and slopes. Understanding ramp ascent and descent can help you use ramps in a controlled way and prevent you losing control.

4) Descend stairs or steps safely, and identify where this is and is not safe and practical to do so.

All skills listed are to enable the wheelchair user to be more independent. There will be some skills that won’t be appropriate for all depending on an individual’s personal ability. There is always some risk involved in using a wheelchair and practicing these skills. All safety aspects associated with each skill are thoroughly highlighted during teaching.

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2) Negotiate kerbs. To be able to get front casters and then rear

wheels up a kerb or small step. To descend kerbs and single steps in one safe controlled action.

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*Do not attempt these skills without the proper training. These skills should only be attempted after tuition as there is a chance of being hurt.

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