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doi: 10.1097/PEP.0b013e31824d73f9
Technical Report

Modified Ride-on Toy Cars for Early Power Mobility: A Technical Report

Huang, Hsiang-Han OT, ScD; Galloway, James C. PT, PhD

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Background and Purpose: Children with significantly decreased mobility have limited opportunities to explore their physical and social environment. A variety of assistive technologies are available to increase mobility; however, no single device provides the level of functional mobility that children developing typically enjoy. The purpose of this technical report is to formally introduce a new power mobility option–-the modified ride-on toy car.

Key Points: This report will provide (a) an overview of toy car features, (b) examples of basic electrical and mechanical modifications, and (c) a brief clinical case.

Clinical Implications: With creative use and customized modifications, toy cars can function as a “general learning environment” for use in the clinic, home, and school. As such, we anticipate that these cars will become a multiuse clinical tool to address not only mobility goals but also goals involving body function and structure such as posture and movement impairments.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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