Pediatric Mobility

There are many factors to consider when choosing the right mobility devices for young patients

Mobility is a key factor in child development; the ability to move independently facilitates a child's ability to play, learn, access his environment and interact with his peers. For children with conditions that impact their mobility, devices ranging from power wheelchairs to walkers, standers and gait trainers can help them grow and succeed. Choosing the right device, however, is a complex decision. Therapists must consider the child's current abilities, needs and wants; the environmental considerations of home, school and other environments where the child spends time; the child's expected physical growth and medical prognosis; as well as the family's needs, finances and goals for their child.

In the video below, Megan Acquaro, PT, DPT, and Kathleen Kane, MS, OTR/L, of JAG Pediatric Therapy in West Orange, NJ, explore the issue of mobility devices for the young patients they treat. For a more in-depth look at the topic, you can also read the cover story of our Feb. 18 issue.

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