Children typically begin moving around on their own between 9 and 12 months of age. This movement is essential for children to develop visual and cognitive skills through exploring on their own and to promote social development and independence. Independent movement can be a major obstacle for children with motor, cognitive and visual difficulties. These difficulties do not need to keep children from having these same experiences. Using the proper supports and technology, children of all levels of skill can move and explore on their own with appropriate help and supervision.
Some examples of technology for this purpose include:
- Seating or other supports that help children balance and use their motor skills more effectively
- Specially adapted ride on toys
- Gait trainers and other assistive walking devices
- Light-weight easy to maneuver wheelchairs
- Power wheelchairs with joysticks or other controls to help kids explore on their own
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-Arlen Klamm, OTR/L, ATP/SMS