Live webinar: April 21, 2021
1 – 2:30 PM PST
This webinar will discuss the use of hands-free support walkers and demonstrate how these mobility devices can change the lives of children with severe physical limitations, cortical visual impairments, complex communication needs.
Topics will include The Bridge School’s use of hands-free support walkers and share research on the impact of self-initiated mobility on development. Specific information will focus on how staff consider visual behavioral characteristics of CVI and design interventions that use hands-free support walkers to:
Video case examples will help illustrate intervention strategies, such as how to mount low tech and mid-tech communication devices on walkers and/or in the environment so children with CVI and complex needs can access them. Wheelchair mobility options for children with CVI will also be discussed.
Participants will be able to:
Christine Wright-Ott is an internationally known Occupational Therapist who specializes in research and development of assistive technology for children with complex communication needs and severe physical disabilities. She has been a consultant at The Bridge School for over 15 years where she integrated self-initiated mobility into the educational curriculum.
Christine was the principal investigator and designer of the KidWalk, Gobot and MiniBot Projects, while working at the former Rehabilitation Engineering Center at Stanford. She has worked at California Children’s Service, Children’s Hospital at Stanford and West Valley College High Tech Center. She is a frequent lecturer at international and national conferences and local universities. She has authored the chapter “Mobility” in previous and now the 7th Edition of the book, Occupational Therapy for Children.