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Mobility plays a critical role in everyone's life. This is especially true for children as much of their early learning begins through mobility. A student's ability to function in the educational setting, therefore, can be significantly impacted by mobility issues. Assistive technology (AT) for mobility is presented in two modules. This first introductory module starts with basic foundational concepts related to mobility and the use of AT for mobility and continues with the first three sections of the WATI AT Decision-Making Guide, which includes Student Abilities/Difficulties, Environmental Considerations, and Tasks. The second module in this series, Mobility - WATI - Part II, will address the remaining sections of the WATI AT Decision-Making Guide: Solution Generation, Solution Selection, and Implementation.

Estimated Time to Complete: 2 hours

  • What's Included
  • 34 pages
  • Pre/post-assessments
  • Optional $20 certficate
  1. Describe the rationale for AT for mobility.
  2. Describe the multiple variables issues/barriers that affect mobility.
  3. Describe typical motor development as it relates to mobility.
  4. Describe how AT for mobility may have different purposes and requirements depending on the task or outcome.
  5. Describe how assessment of mobility is an ongoing process that will change as the student grows and the tasks and environments change.
  6. Complete the Student, Environment, and Tasks components of the WATI AT Decision-Making Guide for Mobility to address a student's need for mobility technology tools.

Module Authors

Karen Jackson Stindt, MS, OTR/L, ATP

Karen Jackson Stindt MS OTR/L ATP is an OT with over 35 years of experience working as an OT in the school setting. She received her BS OT from University of Alabama in Birmingham in 1978 and MS in therapeutic science from the University of Wisconsin in 1997. She maintains additional certifications in sensory integration, assistive technology and is an instructor for the Size Matters Handwriting Program. Karen is a recently retired OT with her own consulting business, kjs consulting, focusing on providing other therapists and educators with assessment, treatment and training to improve their practice. Mrs. Stindt also presents on AT topics at the local, regional and national level.

Module Content Provided By

This module was developed in collaboration with WATI and provides updated content from the Assessing Students' Needs for Assistive Technology (ASNAT) - IDEA discretionary grant #: 9906-23. 1992-2009

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