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Leading the way towards independence in pediatric mobility

(1 hr./ 0.1 CEU/CCU)

AOTA Category:  OT Service Delivery

  • CEUs/Contact Hours:  0.1 AOTA CEUs/1 Contact Hour
  • Educational Level: Intermediate


General Overview:

Occupational therapists, physical therapists, and equipment providers can influence development alongside enhancing mobility by recommending specific technologies. Selecting a pediatric wheelchair can enhance or inhibit self-directed mobility, which in turn can affect other areas of development. When and how mobility devices are evaluated for and issued can promote a child meeting developmental milestones in a range of areas. This course will review human development as it relates to mobility skill acquisition and initial social, language, and perceptual development. Case examples demonstrating implementation of several mobility devices will be presented, including manual and power wheelchairs. Participants will learn specific intervention strategies to use in clinical practice to promote development while enhancing the child’s self-directed mobility skills. An interactive reflective practice component will explore how participants can begin using concepts learned in this course in their clinical practice.


CEU Objectives: By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe 3 aspects of development that are positively influenced by a child’s ability to participate in self-directed mobility.
  2. Explain 4 types of children for whom powered mobility in early childhood would be beneficial.
  3. List 3 interventions for introducing early/on-time pediatric mobility.
  4. Describe next steps and action plan(s) for appealing a funding source’s equipment denial.


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Full Course Detail Flyer PDF:  Pediatric Mobility