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Donate Electric Ride-On Toy Cars to Help Children with Mobility Problems

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Donate Electric Ride-On Toy Cars to Help Children with Mobility Problems

Madison, Wisconsin - The electric ride-on toy car gives many children an early taste of exploring their environment independently. But children with disabilities may not have the skills to use the cars.

An innovative joint venture of UW physical therapy, occupational therapy and engineering students along with American Family Children's Hospital therapists hopes to change that by adapting electric toy cars through GoBabyGo, a UW and children's hospital early-mobility project.

"The cars will be adapted with a light-weight, easy-access switch to power the car and will include necessary support and safety features," said Annie DeMark Thompson, manager of the UW Health outpatient pediatric rehabilitation program. "Research shows that movement and exploration drive learning in the first three years of life."

Grants from Friends of UW Hospital and Clinics and American Family Children's Hospital support the project.

Go Baby Go

“It’s incredibly exciting to watch the interdisciplinary collaboration between UW physical therapy, occupational therapy and engineering students and American Family Children’s Hospital therapists to adapt the ride-on toys for these kids. It’s no longer about the disability for the children; it’s about fun and exploration,” said Karen Patterson, faculty associate in the UW doctor of physical therapy program.

How to Donate

If you have an electric ride-on toy car that you would like to donate to the program, please contact Karen Patterson at pattersonk@pt.wisc.edu or (608) 263-6743. Cars must be 6-volt with a fairly supportive seat. Common 6-volt models include Fisher Price Power Wheels Mater Car and Fisher Price Lightning McQueen, as well as similar models.

If you would like to make a financial donation to help support the UW/American Family Children's Hospital GoBabyGo project, you may donate online.


Date Published: 01/29/2015