Effects of powered mobility on self-initiated behaviors of very young children with locomotor disability

Dev Med Child Neurol. 1986 Jun;28(3):325-32. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8749.1986.tb03881.x.


This study reports the effects of powered mobility on the self-initiated behavior of six children with various disabilities who, between 23 and 38 months of age, learnt to use motorized wheelchairs in less than three weeks. Using a multiple baseline design, two-hour observation periods were video-recorded at 10-day intervals before and after they achieved independent mobility. Frequency of self-initiated interaction with objects, spatial exploration and communication with care-giver were analyzed. Three children increased all three types of behavior; one increased in two types but decreased in interaction with objects; and two increased in spatial exploration only.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Child, Preschool
  • Communication
  • Disabled Persons*
  • Exploratory Behavior*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Locomotion
  • Male
  • Wheelchairs*