- The purpose of this study was to understand current caregiver attitudes towards powered mobility devices for young children with disabilities. This data was obtained by collecting surveys from pediatric physical therapists who interact with many caregivers on a daily basis and often act as the bridge between families and access to powered mobility devices. Overall, physical therapists reported that they did not always have conversations regarding powered mobility and that caregivers were not likely to initiate these conversations. Results showed that 79.1% of physical therapists indicated that none or very few caregivers brought up the topic of powered mobility and 28.7% of physical therapists rarely or never talk about powered mobility to caregivers with children who are potential candidates. Physical therapists also reported there is a wide range of emotions that caregivers express toward powered mobility for young children, with the most common being negative attitudes (34%). The attitudes of caregivers and pediatric physical therapists towards powered mobility devices for young children affects the number of caregivers who obtain information about the benefits of powered mobility and the number of children who gain access to these devices early in life.
Key words: powered mobility, pediatric physical therapy, caregivers, attitudes, modified ride-on cars, disability