Mobility for Special Needs Children
By: George Passwater | 2009-05-04
For those special needs children with physical disabilities, personal mobility also means personal freedom. Children that have challenges with physical mobility require extra assistance through solutions such as scooters and wheelchairs. Such devices give hope and increased movement to those children living with physical disabilities.
Lack of Mobility
Children with physical disabilities face different challenges everyday. The challenges for these children can range from just standing up to just taking a few steps to their kitchen without having the need for physical assistance.
For some children, the physical acts of standing up to walking require assistance and determination to make those few precious steps.
The Need for Freedom
Personal mobility can equal freedom for the child that is physically disabled. It is this need for personal freedom that drives these children to use whatever means necessary in attaining this freedom.
For every child growing up, there is the need to “run away from Mommy and Daddy” or touch and grab everything on a trip to the toy store; these physical freedoms may be taken for granted by children that live without physical disabilities.
Without physical assistance, children with physical disabilities view activities such as playing in the park or simply going to the toy store with their parents as monumental tasks. Through the assistance of devices such as motorized scooters and wheelchairs, these children can have their mobility and personal freedom improved for daily living.
Personal Mobility Solutions
With the use of a scooter or wheelchair, a child with physical disabilities can have their movement extended for performing various daily activities. There are many different variations of mobility solutions to choose from in motorized and manual versions.
For children in the pre-school age group, the use of popular push button toy cars can make excellent mobility solutions for outdoor play in harder to maneuver areas; areas such as home, back or front yards, as well as, grass or sand filled parks would be areas to use such mobility devices.
Motorized scooters and wheelchairs come with rechargeable batteries that can last up to 30 miles. Motorized scooters and wheelchairs do provide a significant advantage over their manual counterparts. With less physical effort by the child, he or she can attain the mobility and freedom when motorized over manual mobility devices are chosen for them.
Contacting a reputable mobility provider can begin the journey to mobility independence. A reputable mobility provider will be able to measure, size and customize a mobility solution that best fits the child’s needs. Most insurance carriers will now assist in purchasing the required equipment for little or no expense out pocket.
On the journey to mobility and freedom, motorized scooters and wheelchairs are the tools to finish that journey.
Although using scooters and wheelchairs in tight spaces may become physically challenging in certain instances, this is a small inconvenience to having mobility independence. The addition of these devices will enable children with physical disabilities a comfortable and satisfying method to travel within and well beyond their own homes.
About the Author: George Passwater
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