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Impacts of Adapted Ride-On Cars for Children with Disabilities and their Families

Impacts of Adapted Ride-On Cars for Children with Disabilities and their Families

This is a community-based, mixed-methods study looking at the impacts of adapted ride-on car use as a form of early powered mobility and socialization in children with cerebral palsy or developmental delay and their families.

The study spans 12 months and involves intermittent contact with researchers to document car use parameters, social communication patterns in and out of the ride-on car, and parent/child perceptions of disability, mobility, and technology.

• Interviews (60-90 minutes, quarterly)
• A photography narrative project (120 minutes at family discretion)
• Car use monitoring using a custom-built data logger (ongoing)
• Social communication monitoring (2 days per month)
Disability Attitude Surveys (at onset and completion of study)

Each family will receive a customized adapted ride-on car at no cost, and be compensated $50 for participating in the study. All study procedures will take place at a time and location of your choice. Please contact the study PI, Heather Feldner, at hfeldner@uw.edu or The IMPACT Collaboratory at impactco@uw.edu for more information or if you are interest in participating.

Participant Eligibility

*Children ages 1-4 years old with any type of cerebral palsy (CP) or developmental delay and at least one caregiver

*Child is able to tolerate a sitting position (supported or unsupported) for 30 minutes

*Willing to participate in a 12-month study with intermittent contact with researchers (1-2x/month)

*Caregivers able to communicate proficiently in English for interviews.


Dr. Heather Feldner
(847) 630-6993

Additional Study Details

Full Study Title
Improving translational capacity in early powered mobility intervention: Investigating the socio-emotional impacts of modified ride-on car use by children with disabilities and their families

Study ID: STUDY00004383
Start Date: 04/09/2018
End Date: 02/28/2020

PI: Heather Feldner, PT, PhD, PCS

Accepts Healthy Volunteers?

Study Site(s)

University of Washington

1959 NE Pacific Street
Seattle, Washington 98195

community locations of the family’s choice

Seattle Washington 98195


Use the link below to send a message to the study coordinator, or call the number above to speak directly with a study representative.

I am interested in this research study.