TitleModified ride-on car for mobility and socialization: single-case study of an infant with Down syndrome.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsLogan, SW, Huang, H-H, Stahlin, K, Galloway, JC
JournalPediatr Phys Ther
Date Published01/2014
KeywordsDown Syndrome, Female, Humans, Infant, Interpersonal Relations, Mobility Limitation, Physical Therapy Modalities, Self-Help Devices, Socialization

PURPOSE: Before the onset of walking, children with Down syndrome experience limited mobility yet are never considered candidates for traditional powered mobility devices. The purpose of this single-case study is to quantify the feasibility and family perceptions of including modified ride-on car use as an option for increasing daily mobility, socialization, and fun for a child with Down syndrome.

METHODS: A 13-month-old child, Natalie, and her family were video recorded during the 28-week study using her ride-on car in their home and community.

RESULTS: Natalie demonstrated and her family reported increased movement, mobility, and socialization over the study period.

CONCLUSIONS: Ride-on car use appears feasible, fun, and functional to increase daily mobility for pediatric populations working toward independent walking.

Alternate JournalPediatr Phys Ther
PubMed ID25192001