Commentary on “Modified Ride-On Car Use by Young Children With Disabilities”
Modified ride-on cars are becoming commonplace in homes and clinics as programs facilitating their design and construction proliferate. They are often less expensive alternatives to promote self-directed mobility in children with disabilities. Although there is conjecture and limited evidence about the efficacy of using these interventions on younger and younger populations, studies such as this one are an important link in determining their usefulness. Although skill development appears to be dose dependent, children younger than 2 years can learn to drive cars even though there was a large variance in adherence rates. The home use of self-directed mobility aids at this age is earlier than is typically prescribed in clinical settings.
“What should I be mindful of in applying this information?”
Although the children had diverse medical diagnosis, impairments, and mobility histories, generalization of results in this single subject case series to a broader population is limited. There is no measure of skill retention and limited subject adherence to suggested drive-time dosage.