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FROM THE NRRTS OFFICE

INTRODUCTION

FROM THE CLINICAL EDITOR

Welcome to the first FOCUS: Pediatric Power & Early Intervention, a DIRECTIONS publication. NRRTS is always looking for new ways to "raise the bar," and Executive Director Weesie Walker, ATP/SMS, conceived the idea of FOCUS.

Too many children are not considered for power mobility soon enough … or at all. Too many children may receive a power mobility device, yet barriers preclude optimal use – lack of parental acceptance, accessibility or mobility training.

Please share this valuable information with seating and mobility team members – suppliers, clinicians, parents and more. This issue is packed with comprehensive and up-to-date content that can inform the pediatric power mobility service delivery process from product design to evaluation, funding and mobility training.

Thanks for taking the time to serve our youngest clients.

Michelle L. Lange, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS

FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

“The power of mobility is the power of ability.” -Quote from a parent during CRT Awareness Day

This FOCUS is dedicated to all the Complex Rehab Technology (CRT) professionals who are providing early intervention services and technology. Nothing is more rewarding that enabling independent mobility for children with disabilities. Numerous studies show far-reaching benefits beyond functional goals such as social development and language skills. The articles, case studies and clinical perspectives contained here demonstrate the effort put forth by the seating and mobility team to provide the best outcomes.

The return on this investment is immeasurable. And that is what CRT is all about.

Weesie Walker, ATP/SMS

FROM THE PRESIDENT

There is a quote from Henry Kessler, MD, that hangs on the wall at the Kessler Institute in New Jersey that contains the line ”extraordinary people doing ordinary things.” There is nothing more extraordinary than watching the face of a child move in their world,on their own for the first time, using their first power mobility device. Somewhat more fun than extraordinary is watching the faces of that child’s parents when they realize nothing will be the same again.

All of us at NRRTS hope you find this FOCUS a greatread and powerful resource.

Gerry Dickerson, ATP, CRTS ®President, NRRTS

FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

FOCUS is a new publication for NRRTS. We’re pleased to add FOCUS to our DIRECTIONS family and hope you enjoy this issue as much as we’ve enjoyed producing it.

Amy Odom, BS

THE POWER OF MOBILITY IS THE POWER OF ABILITY.