The Time is Now: Introducing Power Mobility in the Pediatric Population


Credit: .1 CEU

Speaker: Jennith Bernstein, PT, DPT, ATP/SMS

Sponsored by Permobil

Intermediate, Seating and Positioning/Medical Terminology, ATP/SMS Prep Content



During the CRT decision-making process, there may be challenges from a multitude of directions in determining when and how to initiate power mobility for our youngest clients. Regardless of these potential challenges, historical and current literature both show us that there is no time like the present. This course will discuss what tools are available to guide our decisions, defining terminology surrounding readiness and independence, as well as suggestions for evaluation and recommendation of power mobility interventions in the pediatric population.

Jennith Bernstein, PT, DPT, ATP/SMS: Jennith is a Physical Therapist based in Atlanta, Georgia. She worked for 10 years at The Shepherd Center, focusing her time in the Seating & Wheeled Mobility clinic for 7 years. Jennith completed her Masters in Physical Therapy at North Georgia College & State University and transitional DPT at University of Texas Medical Branch. Jennith has presented at national and international conferences such as RESNA, ISS, LASS, Expo Ortopedica, and the APTA NEXT conference. Jennith joined Permobil as a Clinical Education Manager in 2016.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will be able to describe two ways to effectively use standardized assessments when completing an evaluation for a pediatric power wheelchair.

Participants will be able to identify two age-appropriate goals for power mobility utilization and training.

Participants will be able to list three potential benefits of introducing power mobility as early as possible.