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IC30: Power Mobility for Children with Multiple Severe Disabilities

Children with severe motor, cognitive, and communication deficits are often limited in their ability to use self-initiated movement to explore and learn from the world around them. Such children are frequently dismissed as “too involved” or “too low functioning” to use power mobility. This session will provide details related to the interventions used in our power mobility training program for individuals who have multiple, severe disabilities (ages 9 months to 26 years).

 

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to;

 

Faculty:

Lisa Kenyon, PT, DPT, PhD, PCS
Grand Valley State University
Grand Rapids, Michigan
United States

Dr. Kenyon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Dr. Kenyon heads the Grand Valley Power Mobility Project, an inter-professional research project that provides power mobility training for children with multiple, severe disabilities. Dr. Kenyon presents internationally on topics related to pediatric physical therapist practice and has published multiple journal articles and book chapters pertaining to topics in pediatrics.

John Farris, PhD
Grand Valley State University
Grand Rapids, Michigan
United States

John Farris is currently a Professor in the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) and Chair, Product Design and Manufacturing Department. He earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees at Lehigh University and his Doctorate at the University of Rhode Island. He has 18 years of college engineering teaching experience as well as 3 years of industrial engineering experience. His teaching interests lie in the product design, medical device design and, design for manufacture.

 

References:

    1. Livingstone, R., Field, D. (2014) Systematic review of power mobility outcomes for infants, children and adolescents with mobility limitations. Clinical Rehabilitation. 28(10):954-964.
    2. Kenyon, L.K., Farris, J., Gallagher, C., Hammond, L., Webster L., Aldrich N. (2016) Power mobility training for young children with multiple, severe impairments: a case series. ADVANCED ON-LINE COPY. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics. 15;27(4):E9-E9 1/2p.
    3. Livingstone, R., Paleg,G. (2014) Practice considerations for the introduction and use of power mobility for children. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. 56(3):210-221.



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