In light of October being Disabilities Awareness month, this blog is going to discuss independence. As occupational therapists and mentors, we have the methodology to help our clients to learn how to drive a power chair or work a control switch. The children I work with, start learning how to drive a power chair at the age of three years old, in the hope that they will be able to drive independently by the age of seven. The ability to move one’s self around by the age of seven, teaches the children despite their disabilities, they are still able to move independently.
If they are able to get from one place to another, they’ll be able to meet aides in different classes by themselves; which helps them blend in more with the general crowd. Driving themselves also gives a child the opportunity to walk to classes with their peers instead of an adult, which can help build their confidence.
All of my mentees are in general classes which means that as much as possible, they will be able to drive independently to classes. The children that I work with are able to give driving demonstrations to their peers during their school’s Disabilities Awareness week. They are able to talk in front of their classes about how driving a power chair is not that much different from walking. As occupational therapists and mentors we are able to give that freedom and independence to our clients.
- Until Next Time, Enjoy Your Children