Wheelchair to Walker

Wheelchair to Walker: Educators and SLPs are Encouraging Hands-Free Walker Mobility for Students with Complex Communication and Physical Needs

 September 9, 2020


Presenter: Christine Wright-Ott, OTR, MPA

Moderator:  Sarah Blackstone, PhD, CCC-SLP

USSAAC Education Committee: Stephanie Meehan, Richard Hurtig, Betsy Caporale, Mary Anne Lang, and Gretchen Cole-Lade

Seminar Description:  This workshop will describe a multidisciplinary (SLP, OT, ATP, Teacher) Walker Mobility Program for preschool and elementary students with physical disabilities implemented at The Bridge School since 2006. The team recognized the developmental, social, physical, psychological and educational benefits of embedding self-initiated mobility into the curricula. Diagnoses of these children include cerebral palsy (CP) and cortical vision impairment (CVI). Students participate in self-initiated mobility experiences through the use of hands-free support walkers such as the Pacer, KidWalk, ProneWalk, and Grillo.

Seminar Objectives:  Participants will learn: 1. to describe 3 beneficial outcomes (i.e.: physical, psychological, social, communication) a child with a physical disability can potentially experience using a hands-free support walker; 2. To describe 2 recess or classroom activities that students with complex communication and physical disabilities can accomplish using a hands-free support walker; 3. to identify an AAC system/strategy for a student in a support walker that can increase interactions with peers.

ASHA Disclosures: No financial disclosure. Presenter received a copy of the book Occupational Therapy for Children and Adolescents for authoring a chapter.



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