Online Course
Assistive Technology – Gait Mobility Devices
Learn how to demonstrate to patients how to safely use walking frames, crutches and canes

2-2.5 hours





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Larisa Hoffman
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Dr. Hoffman specialises in neurological physical therapy interventions designed to encourage movement

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Learning, Acting and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems

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The primary purpose of assistive devices and technologies is to maintain or improve an individual’s functioning and independence. They also facilitate participation and enhance overall well-being. As will be discussed in this course, gait mobility assistive devices include different types of walking frames, crutches and canes.


This course aims to show rehabilitation professionals how to teach patients with different weight-bearing precautions to safely mobilise with walking frames, crutches and canes.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Introduction to Assistive Technology Devices
  2. Walking Frames
  3. Axillary Crutches
  4. Elbow Crutches
  5. Canes / Walking Sticks

Target audience

This course is aimed at rehabilitation professionals, students and assistants including but not limited to Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Rehabilitation Doctors, Rehabilitation Nurses, Prosthetists, Orthotists, Psychologists, Audiologists, Dietetics, Social Workers. Community Health Workers, Nurses or Medical Doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 2-2.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.

Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 2.4 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • discuss safe transfers to and from a chair using different gait mobility devices
  • explain the instructions for using axillary and elbow crutches with different weight-bearing precautions
  • describe the assistive device education required in a given case scenario

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

Larisa Hoffman: No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
This course is excellent! It equips us with knowledge of safe transfers to and from a chair using different gait mobility devices. It offers instructions for using axillary and elbow crutches with different weight-bearing precautions, which is very important for safe practice since these are the various ATs we commonly prescribe.
Egessa Rogers Luke
Occupational Therapist
The course was eye-opening for me to pay more attention to using assistive devices during gait training.
P&O Technician