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Mobility Frames for School-Aged Children

presented by Roberta O'Shea & Ann Jackson

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How are mobility bases chosen and sized for the pediatric population, and can these bases be integrated with seating systems? This course discusses and demonstrates how to assess and measure a child for a mobility base that will be integrated with a seating system. Participants will learn what body segments to measure to determine the most appropriately sized frame and how to assess a child’s abilities when determining whether the child should receive a manual or power wheelchair. The course will also discuss when a sports wheelchair is appropriate.

Meet Your Instructors

  • Roberta O'Shea, PT, DPT, PhD

    Roberta Kuchler O'Shea, PT, PhD, DPT has been a pediatric physical therapist for over 30 years. She practiced in a variety of environments before joining the faculty at Governors State University. Dr. O'Shea earned her Bachelors in PT degree from St. Louis University, a Master’s degree in Public Service from DePaul University, a PhD in Education/Special Education from University of Illinois at Chicago, and a DPT from Governors State University. She has written books, book chapters and articles regarding many aspects of physical therapy and maintains a research interest in the impact of Conductive Education for individuals with neurological impairments.

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  • Ann Jackson, PT, DPT, MPH

    Ann is a physical therapist who has spent her career focusing on optimizing the functionality of individuals across the lifespan impacted by neuromuscular disorders. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from Georgia State University, a Masters of Public Health from the University of South Carolina and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Rosalind Franklin University. She has been in practice for 30 years, with 18 years in pediatrics. She has worked in varies clinic and community settings. Dr. Jackson is the owner of Legacy Healthcare Solutions, a healthcare consulting and support agency. She currently works with children, adults and their families in varies settings throughout the Chicagoland region to provide direct therapy services, navigational support and community based resource identification. Ann is committed to practicing within an Evidence Based framework to address the short and long term needs of those she works with.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Dependent Frames

    1. Dependent Frames

    This chapter will discuss frames that require assistance to maneuver. These frames must be pushed by a caregiver. Some very young children and older children with severe impairments are unable to propel a chair without assistance. The dependent frames allow these children to experience mobility in a safe manner.

  2. Manual frames

    2. Manual frames

    This chapter will discuss manual frames that the consumer can propel independently. The clinician will assess and evaluate the child’s ability to propel. The clinician will be able to determine how to integrate a seating system into the manual frame for optimal consumer performance.

  3. Power Frames

    3. Power Frames

    This chapter will discuss power frames and bases that the consumer can use independently using an interface. The clinician will be able to determine how to integrate a seating system into the power frame or base and what access system is needed for optimal consumer performance.