When children with mobility impairments are not given access to self-directed mobility at the same time as their age matched peers, delays may be seen in cognitive, perceptual, and social development. It is imperative that wheeled mobility options be introduced early and often for this population in order to prevent long term delays. Historically, healthcare professionals and/or family members have been hesitant to initiate powered mobility, particularly at very young ages.
This 2-hour interactive course will discuss power mobility options and the theory behind powered mobility for the early intervention population as well as older children. What is best practice in pediatric powered mobility? How do you balance function, development, and posture? How does one address the concerns of family and caregivers? What training techniques are utilized to aid in a successful outcome? Available literature and case examples will be utilized to address these and other common questions. Participants will leave this course with immediately applicable strategies to allow for successful implementation of pediatric powered mobility.