There is much evidence supporting early intervention of seating and mobility to facilitate cognitive development, social skills, prevent orthopedic deformities, and maximize function for pediatric wheeled mobility users. While the theory has moved toward independent mobility at earlier ages and manufacturers have focused on seating & mobility equipment specifically for younger consumers, there are several important factors which can lead to successful outcomes with our tiniest clients. This session examines current trends in pediatric seating and mobility with an emphasis on maximizing function and normalizing social interaction. This includes the effects of mobility (and lack of mobility) on the developmental milestones & the evidence for early assistive mobility. The benefits of streamlined, ergonomic seating in supporting the developing spine and pelvic orientation and the potential to enhance function will be reviewed. Recent evidence based research will also be discussed and case studies featuring a wide variety of diagnoses will illustrate the development of manual and power wheelchair mobility skills.
Participants will be able to:
- Describe the impact of self-mobility (or lack of) on the developmental milestones.
- List at least three examples of how & why early intervention with seating & positioning is so critical for the pediatric wheeled mobility user.
- Describe at least three features of the seating system which can enhance/enable independent movement for task engagement & activities for pediatric clients.
About the Speaker
Stephanie Tanguay, OT/L, ATP Clinical Education Specialist, Motion Concepts
Stephanie Tanguay began her career as an Occupational Therapist with a decade of experience in spinal cord injury and seating & mobility. She also worked as a Rehab Technology Supplier for seven years. Since 2006 Stephanie has been the Clinical Education Specialist for Motion Concepts, a manufacturer of power seating systems and seat surface and back support products. She has presented on numerous occasions at ISS, RESNA, CSMC, and ESS and throughout North America.
0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
Registration & Pricing
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