Early Power Mobility: Who, Why and How


Credits: .1 CEU
Presenter: Rosyln Livingstone, MSc(RS), OT



Power mobility now includes ride-on toys and specialized devices as well as power wheelchairs designed for young children. Research suggests a number of developmental benefits for young children who have delayed or decreased abilities to move and explore independently. This webinar will review the use of power mobility interventions for infants, toddlers and preschool children. Clinical profiles of children who may be appropriate will be discussed along with an up-to-date review of supporting research evidence. Case studies will illustrate various power mobility options for children with differing abilities, ages and profiles.

Learning Outcomes:

The participant will be able to identify at least two different groups of children who can benefit from use of power mobility devices in early childhood.
The participant will be able to list at least 3 developmental benefits of power mobility for children
The participant will be able to identify at least 3 environmental factors influencing use of power mobility interventions with young children.

Roslyn Livingstone has worked as an occupational therapist in seating, mobility and assistive technology at Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children, Vancouver, Canada for more than twenty years. She graduated as an OT in Edinburgh, Scotland and completed her Masters in Rehabilitation through McMaster University in 2008. Roslyn presents nationally and internationally on topics related to seating and mobility for children and has several peer-reviewed publications on these topics. Roslyn is a member of the International Seating Symposium (Vancouver) organizing committee.