Stacy Wong, PT, DPT, an instructor in Creighton’s Physical Therapy Department, received a 2017 Dr. George F. Haddix President’s Faculty Research Fund award to conduct her study, “Feasibility of Modified Ride-On Car Use in the Home/Community with Children with Medical Complexity.”
As a physical therapist at Creighton’s Pediatric Clinic, Wong works closely with children who have complex medical conditions. For many of these children, independent mobility takes time to develop, especially for those with developmental delays due to congenital or genetic conditions.
“My child just wants to move,” is a sentiment that Wong says she hears many parents express.
With these children and their parents in mind, Wong says that she chose to study the feasibility of modified ride-on car use. A modified ride-on car provides children with a way to experience movement that would otherwise be difficult to achieve. Previous studies show that modified ride-on cars improve children’s participation and socialization.
With the support of her colleague Marisa Sevick, OTD, OTR/L, an instructor in the Occupational Therapy Department, Wong completed an initial case study that determined the appropriate modifications for ride-on cars. With the Haddix Award, Wong and Sevick will expand their case study and observe the outcomes of modified ride-on car use in home and community settings.
The Haddix Award supports the research and scholarly productivity of full-time Creighton faculty members like Wong and Sevick. This year’s round of funding focused on interdisciplinary team-based projects that cross two or more schools.
Wong, along with the nine other Haddix awardees, will publicly share her project’s results at the University Research Day next spring.