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Physical Therapist

Interview of Karlyn Dauplaise, physical therapist, Florida Hospital, and physical therapy alumna, University of Central Florida (UCF)
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UCF, Orlando Health Team up to Help Children Vroom Vroom

Friday, June 16, 2017

Go Baby Go June 16 2017


View WKMG's television coverage of the event at the
link below.

Motorized Cars Given to Children with Special
Mobility Needs

The University of Central Florida and Orlando Health are teaming up today to give some children with limited mobility a little bit of independence.

Orlando Health is sponsoring a UCF Go Baby Go! event at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in downtown Orlando. UCF Go Baby Go! was established in 2015 as a chapter of the national Go Baby Go! program, which develops innovative, accessible ways to improve the lives of children and adults with limited mobility. The program creates modified ride-on toy cars for young children and portable-assistive harness systems for children and adults.

Jennifer Tucker, who runs the program at UCF and is a lecturer in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, will provide a workshop for parents and physical therapists from Orlando Health. Tucker will address how important mobility is for a child's development and she will talk about the local and national efforts of Go Baby Go!

"This is about independent mobility," Tucker said. "We know that getting children mobile isn't just a necessary part of their physical therapy. It is also a critical part in a child's socialization, growth and future potential. This is about so much more than a car. This is about giving a child an opportunity at a future that includes not being left on the sidelines as their peers move ahead."

Afterwards, the attendees will join UCF volunteers who will help them build the modified ride-on toy cars at the hospital. Nine children will be able to take the vehicles home. One car will stay at the hospital to give pediatric patients an opportunity for a fun driving experience during hospital stays.

Written by Zenaida Gonzalez Kotala

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Our new student organization, the Health Awareness Prevention Society, focuses on promoting a healthy lifestyle by increasing awareness of healthy living through education and prevention.
— Suha Saleh,  Assistant Professor, Health Sciences Director
It was great to see Jennifer [Plant] honored with the statewide Athletic Trainer of the Year Award. She is an exceptional teacher, a professional leader and an amazing colleague.
— Kristen Schellhase,  Interim Chair, Athletic Training Director
The event [for children with disabilities] was a huge success. We had about 30 children, and the students did a phenomenal job. I'm already receiving inquiries about next year's event.
— Jennifer Tucker,  Physical Therapy Instructor
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