Matching a child with an ultralight wheelchair frame may seem like a daunting task. Far too often it seems impossible to balance how the child looks and moves today with what the future may hold. This presentation will focus on the common peaks and pitfalls with this population. A developmental approach will be utilized as we review factors that influence growth both upwards and outwards as well as the diverse needs of toddlers up through adolescence. Current evidence in the literature will be explored to support trends seen with various diagnoses. All children are unique, however, so wheelchair configurations to optimize success will be reviewed through individual case studies.
The participant will be able to identify growth factors and trends of children with 3 different diagnoses.
The participant will be able to compare and contrast the functional needs and environments of toddlers, elementary students and adolescents.
The participant will be able to list 3 assessment and set up techniques to optimize manual wheelchair propulsion in pediatrics.
Andrina is a physical therapist in Cleveland, Ohio. She runs the Seating and Mobility Clinic at The Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation where options for independent mobility are a focus for every client. Andrina is also heavily involved in clinical research with the GoBabyGo program. Her projects involve the study of the developmental impacts of augmented mobility via modified Power Wheels products and body weight support harness systems for infants and toddlers with mobility delays. She has presented locally and nationally on independent mobility and positioning and frequently collaborates with manufacturers regarding product development.