Being able to move oneself through space is so compelling that HMS considers every child a candidate for power mobility unless experience proves otherwise. Renowned for our success in power mobility, HMS’s proactive philosophy drives our work with each student, from initial evaluation at enrollment to regular reassessments as the child develops.
Therapists can readily try students with power mobility because HMS maintains a large inventory of equipment purchased by the school or donated by vendors, including power wheelchairs and a variety of specialized seating. PT and OT staff often collaborate to fine-tune seating and to teach switch or joystick use for direction, speed and control.
HMS’s environment promotes success. The entire staff reinforces the student’s skills throughout the learning process and exhibits patience as the driver-in-training makes his way to class and other activities. For students who may not become independent drivers, power mobility can still provide an exciting motivation for other learning, and HMS takes full advantage of its attraction.