Real World Tracking of Modified Ride-On Car Usage in Young Children With Disabilities

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Background: Go Baby Go is a community program that provides modified ride-on cars to young children with disabilities. Aims: (1) To describe the real world modified ride-on car usage of young children with disabilities; (2) To compare subjectively reported modified ride-on car usage recorded by parents with objectively reported usage based on electronic tracking data. Methods: 14 young children (1–3 years old) with disabilities used a modified ride-on car for three months. Results: On average, parent-reported activity log data indicated that children used the modified ride-on car for 17.8 minutes per session (SD = 9.9) and 195.1 total minutes (SD = 234.8) over three months. Objective tracking data indicated 16.5 minutes per session (SD = 8.6) and 171.4 total minutes (SD = 206.1) over three months. No significant difference of modified ride-on car usage was found between parent-reported activity log data and objective tracking; yet, the mean absolute difference between tracking methods was 96 minutes (SD = 8.6) and suggests over- or under-reporting of families. Children used the modified ride-on car more in the first half compared to the second half of the three-month period (p < .05). Conclusions: This study may inform future research studies and local chapters of the Go Baby Go community program.

Logan, Hospodar, Catena, Fitzgerald, Schaffer, B. Phelps, and J. Phelps are with the College of Public Health and Human Sciences; Bogart is with the School of Psychological Science; Smart is with the Collaborative Robotics and Intelligent Systems (CoRIS) Institute; Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR. Feldner is with the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Sloane is with the Child Development & Rehabilitation Center, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR.

Logan (sam.logan@oregonstate.edu) is the corresponding author.
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