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The When, Why, and How of Pediatric Powered Mobility

(2 hrs./ 0.2 CEU/CCU)

AOTA Category:  OT Service Delivery

  • CEUs/Contact Hours:  0.2 AOTA CEUs/2 Contact Hour
  • Educational Level:  Introductory


General Overview:

When infants and young children with mobility impairments are not provided access to self-directed mobility at the same time as their age matched peers, delays may be seen in cognitive, perceptual, social and motor development. It is imperative that wheeled mobility solutions be introduced as early as possible for this population to prevent long term delays. The earlier that a child and family are presented with options for functional mobility, the less of a potential for the treatment theory to focus on “walk at all costs”. Historically, some healthcare professionals, funding sources and/or family members have been hesitant to initiate powered mobility, particularly at very young ages for fear of limiting potential gains.

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 does the approach to positioning and drive controls change as the child ages? 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 interventions.

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

  1. Describe three aspects of development that are positively influenced by a child’s ability to participate in self-directed mobility
  2. Describe three postural considerations that are specific to the pediatric population and potential solutions
  3. Identify two common reservations parents/caregivers have when faced with power mobility device interventions and a potential strategy to address each reservation.
  4. Demonstrate three training strategies that can be utilized when initiating power mobility with the pediatric population.
  5. Identify two objective tests and measures that can be utilized to support justification for power mobility in the pediatric population


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Full Course Detail Flyer PDF: Pediatric Power