The stick provides a long vertical extension for those who can better grasp the joystick with the entire hand or move it from the sides or back for directional control.

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Power Wheelchairs: What are my options, and where do I start?

Part 14 in our seriesA to Z Considerations for Seating & Wheeled Mobility: A Quick Reference Clarifying Confusion Around CRT. SeePart 1,Part 2,Part 3,Part 4,Part 5,Part 6,Part 7,Part 8,Part 9,Part 10,Part 11,Part 12, and Part 13.

Now that you have determined that your client needs a power wheelchair to optimize safety, function, sitting tolerance, and skin integrity, the next step is selecting the type of power wheelchair that is most appropriate for your client. While the options may seem a bit overwhelming and the process of how to attain each group of power chair ambiguous, do not fear! We will thoroughly explain these concepts over the next few weeks.

Determining the Most Appropriate Mobility Base: Performing Manual & Power Wheelchair Comparison Trials

Part 13 in our seriesA to Z Considerations for Seating & Wheeled Mobility: A Quick Reference Clarifying Confusion Around CRT. SeePart 1,Part 2,Part 3,Part 4,Part 5,Part 6,Part 7,Part 8,Part 9,Part 10,Part 11, and Part 12.

To determine if a power wheelchair versus a manual wheelchair is the appropriate mobility base to allow your client the ability to complete MRADLs and all necessary functional tasks as independently as possible, then completing comparison trials is recommended. This can effectively rule out a manual wheelchair utilizing various standardized tests.

Early Effective Power Mobility

Part 7, the last in our series looking at pediatric independent mobility. See Part 1, Part 2,Part 3,Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6.

When justifying an appropriate mobility device a therapist must demonstrate that she has tried the lower cost, simpler options and needs to explain why these options will not work for the individual child. This is why we began our blog series discussing simpler manual wheelchair mobility options and have been working our way to the more complex power wheelchair mobility options. But not all power mobility options are complex! Before discussing traditional power wheelchairs for children, I’m going to introduce a simpler option that is made using off the shelf toys. This option can allow very young children with physical limitations to have important mobility experiences that will promote their development.

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