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DPT Facutly Member Helps with Young Athletes Program

  • Author: Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Dr. Karen Furgal, an Assistant Professor in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program, is hoping to help build a local program called the Young Athletes Program that works with children with motor/cognitive impairment who are ages 2-6 years old. They work on gross motor skills, taking turns, peer modeling, following directions, and encouraging family involvement. One goal is to prepare the children for participation in the Special Olympics when they turn 8 years of age. Dr. Furgal is running this program along with Ms. Nicole DeFreeze, the Special Populations Coordinator for the City of Bowling Green.

Dr. Furgal is hoping to build this program further so that it can be a good service opportunity for students in the DPT program next year. She says that through the program, they are seeing the little ones gain new gross motor skills in an environment where parents can really learn how to carry over activities outside of the program. For more information about this program, please contact Dr. Karen Furgal (Karen.furgal@wku.edu) 270-745-3232.

Dr. Karen Furgal

Dr. Karen Furgal

Special Olympics

Tina Ploughe (left) hugs Lucy Celsor, 9, both of Scottsville, during Area 5 Special Olympics Spring Games at Bowling Green High School. (Bac Totrong/photo@bgdailynews.com)

Special Olympics

Paul Haman of Bowling Green crosses the finish line in the 800 meter run during Area 5 Special Olympics Spring Games at Bowling Green High School. (Bac Totrong/photo@bgdailynews.com)

Special Olympics

Children compete in the 15 meter dash during Area 5 Special Olympics Spring Games at Bowling Green High School. (Bac Totrong/photo@bgdailynews.com)

Special Olympics

Competitors and supporters to the national anthem during Area 5 Special Olympics Spring Games at Bowling Green High School. (Bac Totrong/photo@bgdailynews.com)

Special Olympics

Christy Carter of Russellville competes in the softball throw during Area 5 Special Olympics Spring Games at Bowling Green High School. (Bac Totrong/photo@bgdailynews.com)

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