With help from students in the Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences (PTHMS) and support from McCormick School of Engineering, a group of toddlers were able to take customized electric cars for a spin at Northwestern as part of the Go Baby Go program on August 2.
Students helped retrofit the cars for children with limited mobility to give them the freedom to move on their own and students the opportunity to work with real-world pediatric patients.
Although Go Baby Go workshops have been active since 2014 at Northwestern, this is the second year the program has been embedded as a specialty topic within the Clinical Management of the Complex Patient course as part of the PTHMS curriculum. The course also prepares students for the collaboration involved in addressing difficult therapy cases through partnership with McCormick engineering students.
The children were selected from a pool of interested referrals in Chicagoland, including families and community therapists, who applied through the Pediatric Assessment Laboratories website. The program is supported by PTHMS, a grant from the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy and individual donations.
See below for photos and profiles of the young participants.