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Helen Carey

Hi Heidi,
Jessica’s explanation in a previous response about variability in motor function in children with myelo also applies here. A parent in this situation will not understand the difference between walking for exercise or walking for function, therefore, we should interpret the question as the parent asking if their child will walk similar to their peers. Children with motor levels of L1-3 might ambulate for exercise or short distances in the home, but not without extensive support (orthoses and assistive device). This level of ambulation is often not functional or sustainable and children in these levels often abandon ambulation for more efficient w/c use. We wrote this question to help participants think about broader functional outcomes, not just specific motor levels. Remember, during tests like the PCS, you should always choose the best or most correct answer. Other answers may be partially correct, but not the best response.

Hope that helps!