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The Developmental Significance of Early Mobility and Power Mobility in Children

July 1, 2024

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What is the significance of early mobility, including power mobility, in children and what is its impact on development?

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Early mobility plays a crucial role in a child's overall development. The ability of a child to initiate movement independently, known as self-initiated mobility, is essential for brain development. This movement, even if it's not entirely accurate or functional, has profound effects on a child's developmental milestones. For typical children, developmental changes are evident around the time they begin to crawl. However, children with motor impairments that limit their mobility may not experience the same developmental benefits.

Power mobility, including power wheelchairs and battery-powered devices like adaptive ride-on cars, provides children with the means to explore and move independently. Augmented mobility, which involves providing movement for developmental benefits rather than functional needs, is particularly beneficial for young children. These devices offer opportunities for exploration, learning, and socialization, impacting visual perceptual skills, cognitive skills, and overall development. Even children who might require mobility assistance only in early childhood can benefit from these devices, as they provide independence and promote self-initiated mobility, aiding in their developmental progress.

Research indicates that self-initiated mobility positively influences various developmental areas, including body functions, emotional affect, motivation, socialization, communication, and participation in activities. Thus, fostering early mobility, whether through typical motor development or the use of power mobility devices, is vital for enhancing a child's development and overall well-being.

For more information, check out the course Pediatric Power Wheelchair Assessment And Training by Michelle Lange, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS.  


Related Courses

Pediatric Power Wheelchair Assessment And Training
Presented by Michelle Lange, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS
Recorded Webinar

Presenter

Michelle Lange, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS
Course: #4967Level: Advanced3 Hours
  'Well presented and applicable to my practice'   Read Reviews
Pediatric power wheelchair assessment, including determining and developing cognitive and motor readiness, team evaluation, and mobility training as a part of the school day, will be comprehensively addressed in this course. Assessment, skill development, and skill training are critical to achieve functional and independent use of power mobility.

Standers and Gait Trainers 101
Presented by Lindsey Veety, PT, DPT, ATP/SMS
Recorded Webinar

Presenter

Lindsey Veety, PT, DPT, ATP/SMS
Course: #4519Level: Introductory2 Hours
  'It was nice that the presenter provided helpful hints and ideas how to choose and justify medical equipment for insurance'   Read Reviews
When an individual needs assistance with standing or ambulating, knowing which system or supports to choose can be difficult, as there are currently many different options on the market. This presentation introduces the clinician to adapted standing and gait training systems, including who they would be best used for, compare and contrast the leading systems on the market, and funding options.

Enhancing Success in Seating & Wheeled Mobility for Individuals With Cortical Visual Impairment
Presented by Angie Kiger, MEd, CTRS, ATP/SMS
Recorded Webinar

Presenter

Angie Kiger, MEd, CTRS, ATP/SMS
Course: #4550Level: Intermediate2 Hours
  'The course was very information dense'   Read Reviews
The session begins with an overview of cortical visual impairment (CVI), including the characteristics and in-depth description of the phases of CVI. Strategies for creating an effective environment and considerations to keep in mind while conducting wheelchair evaluation and developing manual and power mobility skills for independence are discussed.

Matching Products to Seating Needs
Presented by Michelle Lange, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS
Recorded Webinar

Presenter

Michelle Lange, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS
Course: #4099Level: Introductory1 Hour
  'Instructor delivers information in a way that’s easy to follow'   Read Reviews
Once the wheelchair seating assessment has been completed and seating interventions considered, it is time to match specific client needs to product interventions. This course presents various categories of seating systems. Seating systems, whether linear, contoured, or molded, are comprised of primary support surfaces, secondary support components, and materials. This course is directly related to the practice of physical therapy and is therefore appropriate for the PT/PTA.

Dependent Mobility Intervention
Presented by Michelle Lange, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS
Recorded Webinar

Presenter

Michelle Lange, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS
Course: #4102Level: Introductory1 Hour
  'This instructor had such a clear manner of speaking and delivery of information'   Read Reviews
Dependent mobility devices are not designed for self-propulsion. These include adaptive strollers, transport chairs, tilt-in space manual wheelchairs, reclining manual wheelchairs, and standard manual wheelchairs. For very small children, adaptive strollers are often required to meet positional and dependent mobility needs. Other dependent mobility bases, such as transport chairs and standard wheelchairs, are used for quick trips or for temporary use. Clients may also use a dependent mobility base as a backup to a power wheelchair. This course is directly related to the practice of physical therapy and is therefore appropriate for the PT/PTA.

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