Learn More About Pediatric Belt Canes

Upcoming Presentations

CAOMS Webinar March 18, 2021

Dr. Grace Ambrose-Zaken webinar

CAOMS webinar The Importance of Safe Mobility to achieving developmental milestones for children who are congenitally blind or severely visually impaired webinar Thursday March 18, 2021

Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference March 26, 2021

Dr. Grace Ambrose-Zaken will be presenting double session

The Importance of Safe Mobility to Achieving Milestones for the Visually Impaired: This is a 2 part session Friday 8:30am to 10am and 10:30am - 12pm. Independent walking is fundamental to achieving developmental milestones. Toddler and preschool learners with congenital visual impairment and blindness are at a disadvantage when learning to ambulate indpendently. These children present with persistent cruising and wide-based gaits above the developmental milestone norms. This session provdes research results that indicate provision of reliable safe mobiltiy through wearing pediatric belt canes (aka toddler cane) improves gross motor, language and social skill outcomes. The pediatric belt cane is a rectangular cane frame that attaches with magnets to a cane belt. The cane base slides along the floor this contact provides the child sensory feedback about the walking path.
Learning from Lily: Growing up Mobility Visually Impaired
Lily was born in 2012 with optic nerve hypoplasia. She received early cane instruction, rectangular cane instruction and lots of love and support from her family. Lily's experiences help us learn three lessons
The history of orientation and mobility for children who are blind and visually impaired: A rationale for the pediatric belt cane (aka toddler cane)
Comparing 100 steps cane arc coverage of 3-year-old using her long cane and when wearing her belt cane
A very brief history of long, white canes and mobility tools for walking with a visual impairment

Video of presentation on pediatric belt canes (aka toddler canes)



Ambrose-Zaken, G., Fallahrad, M., Bernstein, H., Wall Emerson, R. & Bikson, M.

     (2019). Wearable Cane and App System for Improving Mobility in 

     Toddlers/Pre-schoolers With Visual Impairment. Frontiers in Education, 4, 01.

Ambrose-Zaken, G.V. (2020). A study of Improving Independent Walking

     Outcomes in Children Age Five and Younger who are Blind and Visually

     Impaired. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, under review.

Ambrose-Zaken, G.V. (2020). Teaching O&M to Learners with Cognitive

     Impairments and Vision Loss. In W. Wiener, B. Blasch, R. Wall-Emerson (Eds.),

     Foundations of Orientation and Mobility (4th Ed., Vol. 2. Chpt 19). Louisville, KY:



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renwick center podcast episode 15 Grace Ambrose - Wha is a wearable cane?
Portland State O&M podcast: On the go SPED 510 episode 06; Dr. Grace Ambrose Zaken

Compare her hands

Four pictures showing 3-year-old girl who is blind walkig, her hands are held above her waist, taught fingers, arched wrists.