Course No. 2
POWERED MOBILITY WORKSHOP
Location: ALYN Hospital, Pediatric and Adolescent Rehabilitation Center, Jerusalem
Naomi Gefen, OT, Deputy Director General, ALYN Hospital, Pediatric and Adolescent Rehabilitation Center, Jerusalem, Israel
Lori Rosenberg, Head of Assistive Technology, School of Occupational Therapy, Hadassah-Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Head of Occupational Therapy, Ilanot School, Jerusalem, Israel
Vardit Kindler, OTR, MA Ed, OT team director at the Dvorah Agmon Preschool Development Center, Omer - AAC & AT Assessment Center, Jerusalem, Israel
Independent powered mobility is an important skill for children with severe motor impairments that allows access to fundamental experiences, thereby promoting cognitive, perceptual, social and psychological developments. Lack of independent mobility can lead to secondary impairments, passivity and to learned helplessness.
Evaluation of a child's physical, cognitive and sensory abilities contributes to choosing the most appropriate powered wheelchair as well as influences the access modes and the training process most suited to his or her needs.
This workshop will include two parts: Firstly a research based theoretical background on differently abled children that need powered mobility as well as the family and professional perspectives about powered mobility followed by a hands-on workshop. The workshop will allow participants to rotate between three sub-groups to allow practice. One group will demonstrate the different powered mobility options available for children with high cognitive function and poor hand function. The second group will explore methods of helping children with low cognitive function master powered mobility. The third group will look at mobility needs for children with good driving skills including tackling community mobility as well as assuming responsibility for one's powered chair- general maintenance and repairs.