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Size Matters Proper Design of Pediatric Manual Wheelchairs

Program ID :IC46.2019
Webinar Length of Time: 1.0 Hour

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Lauren Rosen, PT, MPT, MSMS, ATP/SMS
St. Joseph's Children's Hospital of Tampa, United States

Lauren Rosen, PT, MPT, MSMS, ATP/SMS is a Physical Therapist at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida. She is the program coordinator for the Motion Analysis Center, a three-dimensional motion analysis lab where she runs a pediatric and adult seating and positioning clinic. She has been active in DME prescription for over 20 years. She is a past member of the Board of Directors of RESNA.

Presented at the 35th International Seating Symposium, Pittsburgh, PA USA

Note: Faculty for this activity have been required to disclose all relationships with any proprietary entity producing health care goods or services, with the exemption of nonprofit or government organizations and non-healthcare related companies.

  • No conflicts have been disclosed.


Children with disabilities have always needed wheelchairs. Originally, they had to use adult wheelchairs and were pushed by others. The first reference to a pediatric wheelchair was in the 80s. These were mostly just smaller versions of the adult standard wheelchairs that were used at that time. With better materials and more knowledge about propulsion, the pediatric wheelchair has evolved. Unfortunately, many therapists and suppliers providing them have not. They continue to provide wheelchairs that are too large, too heavy, and with too much positioning equipment. As children needing wheelchairs grow while they have their wheelchairs, it is necessary to make the chairs accommodate for this. Frequently, the estimated growth, especially the seat width, is too much. Children with disabilities generally do not grow as fast as their age matched peers. They tend to be 5%-10% shorter than their peers from age 2-8 years and the difference increases by the year of age. Children with disabilities also grow more in length than they do in width. Considering the knowledge of this, care needs to be taken in selecting the proper seat width. Many therapist order chairs that are 3-5 inches wider than the child’s current hip width to anticipate growth that does not occur. Additionally, because they are reaching so far out to their wheels, it makes propulsion more difficult, which limits their function and independence.

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Updated | 06.27.2019