Evaluating a Therapeutic Powered Mobility Camp for Children with Severe Cerebral Palsy

Lori Rosenberg*, Adina Maeir, Yafit Gilboa

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Background. Children and youth with severe cerebral palsy (CP) have limited independent mobility, which affects opportunities for overall development. Purpose. To examine the effectiveness of Power Fun, a therapeutic powered mobility summer camp. Methods. A quasi-experimental, repeated-measure design was used, with participants acting as their own control. Twenty-four participants with severe CP (aged 7–20 years) attended Power Fun for three weeks, five days/week. Assessments of powered mobility skills and functional mobility goals were conducted three weeks before the camp (T1), at baseline (T2), postintervention (T3), and at three-week follow-up (T4). Findings. An analysis of variance results indicated significant improvements in powered mobility skills (F(1,22) = 56.61, p < 0.001, η2p = 0.74) and functional mobility goals (F(1,58) = 80.17, p < 0.001, η2p = 0.74), with 70% of goals achieved postintervention. A descriptive analysis revealed three learning profiles. Implications. This study provides initial evidence supporting the effectiveness of Power Fun as an intervention promoting powered mobility for children with severe CP, across a range of abilities.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)294-305
Number of pages12
JournalCanadian Journal of Occupational Therapy
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We would like to thank the students and staff of Tzad Kadima and Onn schools who took part in Power Fun, especially Dr. Rony Schenker and Roni Kobi. We would also like to thank Dr. Racheli Kitzony and Dr. Hagit Magen for their input and Haya Grinvald for help with statistics. This paper is part of a doctoral dissertation. The research has been presented at the Oceania Seating Symposium, Melbourne, Australia, November 2019. Partial results were presented at the Child Development and Rehabilitation Conference, Jerusalem, Israel in January 2019 and at the Eastern European and Mediterranean Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, Tel Aviv, Israel, December 2018. The author(s) received no financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this article.

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© CAOT 2021.


  • Developmental disabilities
  • locomotion
  • occupational therapy
  • treatment outcome
  • wheelchairs


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