The Bridge School

Learn more about The Bridge School’s mobility program at the International Seating Symposium

Christine Wright-Ott, The Bridge School’s Occupational Therapist, will be sharing the success of our students involved in the Bridge School Walker Program at the 34th International Seating Symposium in Vancouver, British Columbia, March 6 – 9, 2018.  Her session, ‘Walking to Learn: The Power of Support Walker Mobility!’ highlights the benefits of integrating independent mobility into our educational curriculum.  The abstract of her presentation follows:

This presentation will describe the Bridge School Walker Program from 2006 to 2015 in which 29 students (3 to 12 years) with physical disabilities experienced self-initiated mobility using hands – free support walkers. The feature driven approach for walker selection, adaptations, tips for success and videos of student progress will be shared. 

  1. Gain a new perspective on the physical, cognitive and psychological benefits of encouraging self-initiated support walker mobility for young children with complex physical disabilities
  2. Identify features of walkers and adaptations that allow children to have greater maneuverability across environments
  3. Identify four questions to ask before choosing models of support walkers to try with a young child with physical disabilities
  4. Describe at least three activities a child can participate in while standing and moving and the support walker