Simple and safe toys with wheels are making a huge difference in the lives of young children with disabilities.
Thanks to some unique new inventions and a program called Go Baby Go, some of those kids took a ride on their own for the first time in their life Thursday at Belmont University.
The creations are designed to help disabled, often immobile, children find easier ways to move. That's important for many reasons.
"What happens is their peers don't interact with them because they're sitting in a corner, so their skills are behind. They aren't developing like typical kids do," said Nancy Darr, professor of physical therapy at Belmont.
All of this is the brainchild of Dr. Cole Gallaway, a University of Delaware scientist who believes every child, no matter their condition, needs to experience movement on his or her own.
Gallaway started tinkering and building with simple materials that offer help and hope, and now a nice ride.
For parents like Laura Queen, they are a lot cheaper than buying the latest wheelchair.
Queen said she worried if her 1-year-old daughter, Paisley, would ever be able to just keep up with her friends.
"They're starting to walk right now, and Paisley is still sitting on the floor. But it kind of gets her out and more able," Queen said.
This simple great idea is now changing that.
"Families are happy to be able to see their children interact with other children. It's not beyond their reach," Darr said.
The folks at Belmont's School of Occupational Therapy and the company Permobil made sure eight Middle Tennessee children with disabilities will take home a new Go Baby Go wheeled device at no cost to their families.
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