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contributing to the independence and accessibility of children with disabilities.
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Bedford, TX, United States
Cook Children's Healthcare System
I have 17 years’ experience as a pediatric OT in the acute inpatient, public schools, home health, and outpatient rehabilitation, and OT case management. I have a PhD in occupational therapy and currently research assistive technology, occupational adaptation, creativity, and pediatric neuromuscular diseases.
In my personal life, I have two beautiful teenagers and two spoiled dogs. I LOVE design (which is why I am here), art, music, science, and photography.
Sorry Bettina. I missed this post. Possibly help to clearly mark. Many elderly have low vision so your signs would be important. I don't think the distance matters. It is the change in surface itself that is a challenge.
Hello Bettina, Someone tagged me in this challenge. There are two primary things I would ask you to consider: 1) I agree with Kumi that the individual should not look down. It decreases safety awareness of the surroundings and slows the person down. 2) using different textures may actually increase falls because of proprioceptive and balance issues. One of the biggest contributors to falls in the home are area rugs because there is a change in surface. I worry that you would be opening yourself up to liability if people were attempting this without a trained physical therapist present to supervise. While it would be desirable to have in a park, it may be more feasible and safe to have it in a controlled environment. Keep working on it. Best of luck with your challenge!