On this episode, Jen talks with physical therapy professor and researcher, Lisa Kenyon, PT, DPT, PhD about powered mobility for individuals with cerebral palsy. They discuss early powered mobility and the impact on learning and function, powered mobility standing devices and the impacts on participation and the barriers related to insurance coverage. Resources to help with letters of medical necessity are also discussed. Enjoy the show!
I always encourage my students to match my patient's mobility to their functional circumstances...for example, I don't typically walk the 20 miles to the airport, I take a car or someone brings me. Or I can do a cartwheel, but if I had to do a cartwheels to get around everyday, I'd be exhausted. I wouldn't have the attention to teach and I might develop problems with my wrists and shoulders. Yet we expect with children with mobility limitations that they only have one option to get around.