The PBC consists of a rectangular frame that connects to a belt with magnets. The base of the cane slides along the floor with approximately one inch clearance in between the two cane tips. The cane frame remains forward of the wearer during ambulation with minimal need for a user to employ corrective hand control on most surfaces (see Figure). The design ensures that adults were responsible for the device being used, without having to constantly be in contact with the child or the PBC.
Pediatric belt canes are an effective developmentally appropriate mobility tool because the belt makes it possible for toddlers and preschoolers who are BVI to easily maintain consistent placement of the protective mobility frame which allows them to independently detect obstacles in the path ahead. The pediatric belt cane is an effective barrier able to reduce unwanted, unavoidable direct bodily contacts.