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Pediatric Physical Therapy:
doi: 10.1097/PEP.0000000000000001
Case Report

Modified Toy Cars for Mobility and Socialization: Case Report of a Child With Cerebral Palsy

Huang, Hsiang-han OT, ScD; Ragonesi, Christina B. PT, DPT; Stoner, Tracy PT, DPT, PCS; Peffley, Terri OTR/L; Galloway, James C. PT, PhD

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Purpose: Children with cerebral palsy have limited opportunities to explore their physical and social environment. The purpose of this study was to determine the feasibility of using a “ride-on toy car” as a readily available, low-cost, fun, and functional option for children with special needs.

Methods: Brenden, a 21-month-old child, was provided a modified ride-on toy car for a 15-week study period divided up into a 1-week baseline, 12-week intervention, and 2-week postintervention. We coded mobility and socialization measures from video recordings.

Results: Brenden was more mobile and had more vocalizations during the 12-week intervention.

Conclusions: Modified toy cars have serious potential to be a fun and functional power mobility option for children with special needs. The opportunity now exists to quantify several effects, including peer socialization, cognitive measures, and body structure/function goals involving neural, muscular, and skeletal physiology. Group study is required to formally test these findings.

© 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins and the Section on Pediatrics of the American Physical Therapy Association.


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