Transportation of Children with Special Needs


Date: 6/9/2020
Credit: .1 CEU
Presenter: Missy Bryan, OTD, OTR/L, ATP, CPST
Seating and Positioning, Beginner Level



Children with special healthcare needs require individualized consideration regarding safe transportation. Children with postural control needs or behavioral issues may need to use specialized products to maintain safe positioning for the duration of travel. This course will describe best practice recommendations for child passenger safety, provide an overview of commercial child safety restraints, and identify and describe current specialized child safety restraints. The course will highlight the need for therapists, suppliers, and other assistive technology providers to develop skills for competent provision of child passenger safety services. Participants will receive a list of further training resources to pursue competence in this area.

Learning Outcomes:
The participant will be able to identify 2 main categories of children with specialized needs who require unique considerations in transportation safety.
The participant will be able to identify 3 major categories of specialized child passenger restraint systems that are used in the transportation of children with specialized healthcare needs.
The participant will be able to identify 3 resources to promote transportation safety and develop competence in child passenger safety service provision.

Missy Bryan, OTD, OTR/L, ATP, CPST has over 20 years of experience as a pediatric occupational therapist. She provides assistive technology services through the seating and mobility and specialized transportation clinic at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. As Assistant Professor in the School of Occupational Therapy at Belmont University, she teaches courses in technology and environmental interventions.