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Transporting Preschoolers and Young Children with Special Healthcare Needs

Recorded at the International Seating Symposium in March 2009

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Miriam Manary, MSE
University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute

Lori Brinkey, MPT
University of Michigan Health System

Note: Faculty for this activity have been required to disclose all relationships with any proprietary entity producing health care goods or services, with the exemption of nonprofit or government organizations and non-healthcare related companies.

* No conflicts have been disclosed.

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Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death for children over the age of three years in the US. This presentation will review the basic principles of child passenger protection and explain how these concepts should be applied to enhance travel safety for children with special healthcare needs, particularly for those individuals who weigh less than sixty-five pounds. The importance of providing occupant protection for young children will be reviewed as will the tradeoffs between safety and medical needs. The material covered will include an overview of common transportation considerations for children who benefit from specialized seating and summarize how to match children with commercial products that can meet these needs. Topics addressed will include issues for children who: must travel in a reclined posture, cannot tolerate localized loading, need support to maintain an upright seated posture, have behavioral challenges, use mobility aids, or must travel with orthopedic devices, ventilators, or feeding tubes. The product categories reviewed will include carbeds, specialized and conventional child safety seats, vests, harness systems, and wheelchairs. Considerations for both the private vehicle and school bus environment will be addressed. Attendees will also learn about educational opportunities and resources that are available for those who want to learn more on this topic.


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Learning objectives:

Upon attending this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Locate resources with detailed information of this topic.
  • Understand common solutions for transporting children with special healthcare needs.
  • Explain the basic principles of child passenger safety.


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CEU Registration and Program Cost

0.15 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be awarded to individuals for attending 1.5 hours of instruction.

Cost: $59

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The University of Pittsburgh, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences awards Continuing Education Units to individuals who enroll in certain educational activities. The CEU is designated to give recognition to individuals who continue their education in order to keep up-to-date in their profession. (One CEU is equivalent to 10 hours of participation in an organized continuing education activity). Each person should claim only those hours of credit that he or she actually spent in the educational activity.

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