• Livingstone, Roslyn


    Clinical Instructor, Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

    Occupational Therapist II, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children, Neuromotor Program


    Degrees / Designations


    Primary Area of Research
    Evidence to Innovation
    Secondary Area(s) of Research
    604 854 0662
    Lab Phone
    Mailing Address

    3644 Slocan St,
    Vancouver, BC V5M 3E8

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    Research Areas

    Early Power Mobility for children with disabilities


    In North America, there are few power mobility devices suitable for young children from one to five years of age.  Aesthetics, portability, weight and safety considerations are believed to be important to families of young children. Our current research is exploring family and therapist perceptions of several novel early power mobility devices such as adapted ride-on toys and miniature power wheelchairs.  Some families and children will be given the opportunity to borrow this equipment for a six-month loan to explore how this equipment can be integrated into family life and how children benefit.  We hope to expand this research into a larger scale loan program in BC that will include ongoing data collection regarding benefits of early power mobility for children and families.

    Current Projects

    Phase 1: Beginning Power Mobility.  This study involves a cross-sectional, observational design wherein the relationships of measures from the child’s profile, environmental setting, physical location, therapy context, family attitudes and goals for power mobility will be described and examined with respect to parental preference of PMD for a longer term trial. ‘Power Mobility Days’ will be offered at locations throughout the province to children below 6 years-of-age with their families and community therapists.

    Phase 2: Beginning Power Mobility. This study involves a repeated measures design where 16 children  (below 6 years-of-age with mobility limitations) will be offered a 6-month loan of an early PMD (Wizzybug, Bugzi, Tiger cub or modified ride-on toy car). Children will be purposely selected from our Phase 1 study to represent a variety of diagnoses, ages, environmental situations, and types of parent-identified activity and participation goals for use of an early PMD. Measures will be completed at the beginning and end of the loan period.

    Selected Publications

    Rodby-Bousquet E, Paleg G, Casey J, Wizert A, Livingstone R (2016) Physical risk factors influencing wheeled mobility in children with cerebral palsy: a cross-sectional study.  BMC Pediatrics, 16: 165.

    Paleg G, Livingstone R. (2015). Outcomes of gait trainer use in home and school settings for children with motor impairments: A systematic review.  Clinical Rehabilitation, 28(11);1077-1091.

    Livingstone R, Field D. (2015). The child and family experience of power mobility: A qualitative synthesis. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 57(4):317-27.

    Livingstone R, Field D. (2014). Systematic review of power mobility outcomes for infants, children and adolescents with mobility limitations. Clinical Rehabilitation, 28(10):954-64.

    Livingstone R, Paleg G. (2014). Practice considerations for use and introduction of power mobility with children. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 56(3):210-21.

    Casey J, Paleg G, Livingstone R. (2013). Facilitating child participation through power mobility. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 76(3):158-60.

    Field D, Livingstone R. (2013). Clinical tools that measure sitting posture, seated postural control or functional abilities in children with motor impairments: A systematic review.  Clinical Rehabilitation, 27(11):994-1004.



    Honours & Awards

    Provincial Health Services Authority Plus Award (2015)

    Provincial Paediatric Recruitment and Retention Council Mentorship Award (2012)

    Children’s & Women’s Health Centre Education Award (2010)

    Research Group Members
    • Field, Debra- Co-Investigator
    • Roxborough, Lori- Co-Investigator