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IC38: Driving for Change: Ending Barriers and Paving the Way for Play

The concept of early mobility is gaining traction in the clinical world and in communities around the country. Theory and clinical research demonstrate both the benefits of early power mobility as well as increasing acceptance of this practice.  But even if stakeholders are philosophically committed to providing powered mobility access, additional barriers remain in the practical implementation of equipment options that are currently available within the mobility industry.  This presentation provides an interactive exploration of these implementation barriers, including equipment design, power access, environmental accessibility, stakeholder perceptions, and multiple layers of gatekeeping.  Input from families, children, researchers and clinicians will be utilized in demonstrating an urgent need for change. Break-out brainstorming in small groups will discuss these challenges while creating a foundation for problem solving where solutions can emerge, and be implemented by session participants within their own practice environments. Critical assessment of current barriers combined with out of the box ideas to break down or challenge them is the overarching goal for the session. Participants will come away with practical solutions for promoting a multi-modal mobility approach that is designed to increase real world exploration and play for kids and new movers of all ages, and in all environments.


Learning Objectives:

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



Andrina J Sabet, PT, ATP
Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital For Rehabilitation
Cleveland, Ohio
United States

Andrina is a physical therapist at the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital and clinical research project manager at Cleveland State University. Her clinical practice includes toddlers through young adults in the Seating and Mobility Clinic. Her research, a NIH grant funded study through University of Delaware’s GoBabyGo, focuses on the effects of early augmented mobility on the overall development of infants with Down Syndrome. She presents nationally and locally and frequently collaborates with manufacturers regarding product development.

Heather A. Feldner, PT, PhD, PCS
University of Washington- Ability and Innovation Lab
Seattle, Washington
United States

Heather earned her Master’s degree in physical therapy from Marquette University. She recently completed her PhD in Disability Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she served as a faculty member in the DPT program, and an external lab member of the Go Baby Go program at the University of Delaware. She currently holds a postdoctoral fellowship in the Ability and Innovation Lab in the Mechanical Engineering department at the University of Washington.



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    2. Feldner, H. A., Logan, S. W., & Galloway, J. C. (2016). Why the time is right for a radical paradigm shift in early powered mobility: the role of powered mobility technology devices, policy and stakeholders. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 11(2), 89-102.
    3. Ostensjo, S., Carlberg, E. B., & Vřllestad, N. K. (2005). The use and impact of assistive devices and other environmental modifications on everyday activities and care in young children with cerebral palsy. Disability and Rehabilitation, 27(14), 849-861

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