For young children who have mobility limitations, using a powered mobility device offers more than just a way to move from point A to point B; it provides self-initiated mobility. Rehabilitation technology suppliers, therapists, and families may have questions about why and how power mobility should be provided for young children. This article addresses these questions by exploring the developmental implications of powered mobility device use in young children and providing an evidence-based overview of power mobility assessment and intervention/training techniques for young children.
At the completion of this learning activity, participants will be able to discuss three possible developmental benefits of self- initiated mobility.
At the completion of this learning activity, participants will be able to define the three pediatric power mobility learner groups.
At the completion of this learning activity, participants will be able to list three power mobility assessment tools that can be used with young children.
Dr. Kenyon is a Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She heads the Grand Valley Power Mobility Project; an inter-professional project providing power mobility training and use for children who are not typically considered to be candidates for power mobility use. Dr. Kenyon has published numerous peer- reviewed articles and book chapters, and presents nationally/internationally, on topics related to power mobility and pediatric practice. She currently serves on the Editorial Committee for the Wheelchair Skills Program and on the Pediatric Specialty Council of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.