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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