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Design and Implementation of a Ride-On Car with Data Tracking for Use by Young Children with Developmental Differences Public Deposited

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  • This work describes the design and modification of a commercial children’s ride-on car to effectively collect usage data. The design is cheap and could be easily modified to gather more information. This will serve as a viable way to collect information about how motorized independence can help children with developmental differences. Children with developmental differences do not develop the same level of social, language, and cognitive skills as other children without mobility limitations [9,10]. There is growing evidence that suggests the frequent use of a ride-on car (ROC) may help increase these skills [1,2,5-8]. The increased mobility and independence that the ROC provides has been shown to do so in a few specific cases, although there have been no large-scale studies on these effects [2]. Many children with developmental differences do not have access to affordable wheelchairs through insurance until they are at least 3 years of age [1]. For many developmental skills, this is too late. Studies have shown that short-term ROC use for these children is feasible [2,5-8]. This work seeks to explore one option to take data that could be correlated to improvements in fundamental movement skills for such studies in a cost-effective manner [3].
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