Car Seats and Vehicular Transport for Children with Special Needs


Credits: .1 CEU
Presenter: Amber Yampolsky, PT, PCS, ATP, CPST and Erin Baker, PT, ATP, CPST



A frequently overlooked, yet important topic is seating, positioning and safety within the family vehicle for children with special needs. Many families, clinicians, and suppliers are unaware of the variety of commercially available and special needs seats, ranging from infant style seats to harnessed boosters and beyond, that are available to provide their child with the needed and necessary postural support and protection to ensure safety during transportation. This course will provide education on the recommendations and laws for child passenger safety during transport, which child restraints are available commercially for special needs, and considerations when selecting an appropriate car seat.

Learning Outcomes:
Participants will be able to describe the recommendations and laws for transporting children and how these impact transporting children with special needs.
Participants will be able to describe the available equipment options for safe transport of children with special needs.
Participants will be able to Identify when a special needs seat is required and compare the available options to determine the optimal choice.

Amber Yampolsky, PT, ATP, CPST. Amber received her master’s degree in physical therapy from Northwestern University in 1997, specializing in pediatrics for 17 years. In addition to being an ATP, she became a Child Passenger Safety Technician with special needs training in 2007. She assisted with developing a Special Needs Car Seat Clinic at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. She currently practices at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando in the inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient settings.

Erin Baker, PT, ATP, CPST. Erin has her doctorate of physical therapy from the University of Florida and works as a PT and ATP at Nemours Children’s Hospital where she is the head of the seating and mobility clinic. Over the past five years she has run both adult and pediatric seating clinics in the Orlando area. She also received her certification as a child passenger safety technician and assists with providing appropriate child passenger restraints for children with special needs.