5. Caring for Children with Mobility Differences

  1. Linda L. Eddy
  1. Jeannine Roth

Published Online: 20 SEP 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118783290.ch5

Caring for Children with Special Healthcare Needs and their Families

Caring for Children with Special Healthcare Needs and their Families

How to Cite

Roth, J. (2013) Caring for Children with Mobility Differences, in Caring for Children with Special Healthcare Needs and their Families (ed L. L. Eddy), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., West Sussex, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118783290.ch5

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 SEP 2013
  2. Published Print: 12 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780813820828

Online ISBN: 9781118783290

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Keywords:

  • children;
  • functional ability;
  • healthcare providers;
  • ICF;
  • mobility differences;
  • musculoskeletal disabilities

Summary

Mobility that is defined here as “the state or quality of movement.” For children with special needs such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and other musculoskeletal disabilities, mobility can impede participation in everyday life. Throughout the chapter the above definition of mobility is combined with the international classification of functioning, disability, and health (ICF) to demonstrate the importance of mobility, how assistive devices impact mobility, and how healthcare professionals can help promote preventative health through mobility. Nurses are in a unique position to embrace both the medical model to help meet the complex health needs of children with disabilities and the social model to help children and families achieve optimal participation in the community. Healthcare providers can make a difference in the lives of children and adolescents with mobility impairments by focusing on what the child can do if societal attitudes and barriers are removed.