Not Your Parent's WheelchairBy Cox, Deborah I., MPT; Rehab Management, Vol. 17, No. 7, pp. 26-27, 39
Publication Date: August/September 2004
Article discusses major considerations in pediatric wheelchair prescription, as the author stresses that adult prescription methods are not always appropriate when working with children. Professionals should consider that children are still in the process of growing and developing, and that they function in highly dynamic and changing environments. The pediatric wheelchair should: (1) promote development to minimize disability and maximize function; (2) facilitate the performance of cognitive tasks by decreasing the amount of effort required for standard activities, such as posture maintenance, swallowing, and breathing; (3) promote positive body image and awareness by allowing the child to view his or her body, and have the opportunity for tactile input; (4) allow the child to be present with same-age children in social settings; and (5) support the use of augmentative and alternative communication devices and sign language. Suggestions for decision-making team strategies are discussed.
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This publication is included in the library of the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC), accession number J48306