Modified ride-on toy cars for early power mobility: a technical report

Pediatr Phys Ther. 2012 Summer;24(2):149-54. doi: 10.1097/PEP.0b013e31824d73f9.


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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Technical Report

MeSH terms

  • Automobiles*
  • Child
  • Equipment Design
  • Humans
  • Mobility Limitation*
  • Patient Education as Topic / methods
  • Physical Therapy Modalities / instrumentation*
  • Play and Playthings*
  • Self-Help Devices