Opponents to the early use of powered mobility
cite the chief concern of safety.
These participants should complete mock powered mobility
assessments involving the DSS to evaluate the system's ability to coexist with standard seating and positioning hardware.
This was further compounded by a surge in use of powered mobility
devices partially due to direct-to-consumer advertising and pockets of fraudulent provision by unscrupulous suppliers and physicians.
"With powered mobility
, they don't just learn to move, they move to learn," says Meyer.
The DSS could also be useful for teaching powered mobility
and joystick manipulation skills to children with disabilities.
Thus, prescription of a powered mobility
device, such as a scooter or power wheelchair, would be more appropriate than a manual wheelchair, depending on many factors such as client diagnosis, comorbid conditions, living environment, and use of transportation.
also allowed the children to more fully participate in school activities.
Ideally, therapists should begin approaching the subject of wheeled mobility very early with parents, as powered mobility
training can begin as early as eighteen months of age.
People who are unable to walk or propel a manual wheelchair are obvious candidates for powered mobility
, however, motorized chairs and scooters can enhance the quality of life for many others.
Having your child evaluated for powered mobility
is never an easy undertaking.
A child's therapist or physician may express a strong opinion for or against powered mobility
. Many times, two therapists will have opposing opinions.