Toy Car Gives Child with Cerebral Palsy Mobility and Control
"Madeline Hauschild, 3, is thrilled to be at the wheel of her modified toy car at the UNMC Student Life Center on Wednesday [August 10, 2016]. Cars such as Madeline's enable children with little mobility to get around without feeling reliant on parents or siblings." Source of caption and photo: online version of the Omaha World-Herald article quoted and cited below.
(p. 1B) Now Madeline Hauschild will be able to drive a toy car just like her brother.
On Wednesday [August 10, 2016] Madeline, 3, received a battery-operated toy car modified so that she could sit in it and make it go forward by pushing a large button on the steering wheel. Madeline, who has cerebral palsy, was one of six small children who received cars through a program overseen by the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Children's Hospital & Medical Center.
. . .
The cars give children with little mobility the opportunity to play, explore and socialize rather than feeling stuck and dependent on parents or siblings to move them around.
. . .
(p. 5B) Cerebral palsy is a disorder that causes movement, posture and other developmental problems. Among Madeline's challenges: She can't walk or bear any weight on her legs.
Madeline, of Syracuse, Nebraska, smiled and pounded the button, giving her a herky-jerky ride.
. . .
"Is that fun?" Madeline's mother, Kelly Hauschild, asked as her daughter enjoyed the erratic drive in a room at UNMC's Student Life Center. "You do like it, don't you?"
. . .
"I loved seeing her be able to operate it all by herself, and her smiles," Hauschild said.
For the full story, see:
Ruggles, Rick. "Toy Cars Give Kids Vroom to Maneuver." Omaha World-Herald (Thurs., Aug. 11, 2016): 1B & 5B.
(Note: ellipses, and bracketed date, added.)