Got a daredevil on wheels? Power Wheelchair Safety for Kids can help. 

Many kids with disabilities get their first power wheechair at about three years of age, and they have to learn to drive safely. Teaching a child to drive responsibly can be difficult at the age of 15 or 16, so imagine how challenging it can be to teach a three-year-old!

Tips and falls are the most common type of wheelchair accidents among children, and they can avoid these accidents by navigating safely. By simplifying the process of learning safety and focusing on skills that can work in any setting, therapists and families can work together to build kids’ safety skills and teach them to be alert and aware while driving their power wheelchairs. Kids can learn to navigate hallways and automatic doors, ramps and lifts. They can also learn how to ask for help if the power wheelchair is malfunctioning.

Power Chair Front coverPower Wheelchair Safety for Kids is the first book written for children and their families to understand and practice basic power wheelchair safety. Written in consultation with physical therapists and occupational therapists, the book is a great teaching tool for home and school. Power Wheelchair Safety for Kids encourages families to try out wheelchair safety skills in the real world.

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Published by madvocator

Charisse Montgomery is the author of the Super Safe Kids book series. She is a writer and editor who lives in Ohio with her husband, Dr. Richard Montgomery, and their son. Both her son and her late sister, Chavon Hodges, were born with congenital fiber-type disproportion myopathy, a debilitating neuromuscular disease that results from a rare genetic condition. She writes books that engage children, parents, and their families in improving safety and advocacy in the hospital, the community and the home. A former educator, Charisse Montgomery has earned bachelor's and master's degrees in English, along with a master's degree in Educational Psychology, with research focused on informing and empowering parents of medically fragile children. She completed a graduate certificate in Patient Advocacy and serves on the Board at Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital. She also created the Family Advocate Network model for engaging parents of children with special education needs in the school setting. Charisse has written for Complex Child magazine and is a contributor to The Mighty, in addition to a blog series called Teachable Moments that she wrote for ProMedica HealthConnect.  She is the founder of Madvocator Educational and Healthcare Advocacy Training, a nonprofit that trains families and professionals on educational and healthcare advocacy.

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