Paediatrics: augmented mobility (FS-18)

Go baby go!: solutions for maximizing augmented mobility for children

Ginny Paleg (United States of America), Elisabet Rodby-Bousquet (Sweden), Hsiang-Han Huang (Taiwan)

Focused symposium

Monday 4 May 2015, 13:45-15:15, Hall 404

Go baby go!: solutions for maximizing augmented mobility for children

Paleg G. 1, Rodby-Bousquet E. 3, Huang H.-H. 4

1Montgomery County Infants and Toddlers Program, Physical Therapy, Rockville, United States of America, 2University of Delaware, Physical Therapy, Newark, United States of America, 3Uppsala University, Centre for Clinical Research, Västerås, Sweden, 4Chang Gung University, Department of Occupational Therapy and Graduate Institute of Behavioral Sciences, Taoyuan, Taiwan

Learning objectives

  1. Participants will understand how to identify the appropriate infant, toddler and child for augmented mobility.
  2. Participants will understand the research supporting augmented mobility for children.
  3. Participants will understand the emerging technology and training available for augmenting mobility for children, and be able to access resources to build-your-own technology.


Children who do not achieve independent mobility by age 2 are at highest risk for intellectual disability, as well as lack of activity and participation. Four internationally recognized experts will discuss their research findings and offer specific clinical applications that are low-cost and easily attainable. Use of audience response units will allow data to be collected from the participants. In addition, a link will be provided to a qualitative survey about barriers to access. This data will be used for a future publication. Participants will learn about Dr. Paleg´s international consensus paper on augmented mobility and four messages to help therapists identify which infants, toddlers and children benefit most from augmented mobility. Dr. Galloway will share new data and build-your-own information on the use of low and high tech devices to maximize daily mobility, and Dr. Rodby-Bousquet will share her data comparing manual mobility vs. power mobility for children with CP at different GMFCS levels and neurological subtypes. Dr. Huang will share the data on the use of low tech devices in the hospital to maximize mobility and improve overall development.

Implications / Conclusions

Early efficient independent mobility is critical for both children and their family. The panel will share their real world solutions as well as elicit ideas from the audience to help therapists and families maximize mobility of children with special needs.


Power mobility; Augmented mobility; Assistive technology

Funding acknowledgements

At the time of this submission, no funding has been requested or obtained.

Relevance to WCPT and expected audience

Attendees may be familiar with the panels published works demonstrating the need for augmented mobility for infants, toddlers and children but they may not have thought of low- cost easily accessible solutions. This symposia offers a unique opportunity to share information about world-wide practice patterns.

Target audience

Pediatric Physical Therapists and Families.