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Katrin Mattern-Baxter, a professor of physical therapy who launched STEPS, grabs Michael Cimino, 21/2/, as he walks without assistance as his mom Marleny Cimino, right, watches at California State University Sacramento Monday Dec. 2, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. STEPS (Supported Treadmill Exercise Program at Sacramento State-Easter Seals) is a free program that puts tots with neuro-motor impairment on miniature treadmills - and helps them learn how to walk sooner and more independently. Two days a week, pre-ambulatory children come to the STEPS program in Folsom Hall, where students working on their Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree assist and monitor them. The idea is to keep the youngsters moving on the little treadmills, to help them learn how to walk either independently or with an assistive device, such as a walker. STEPS accepts children 4 years old and younger. They must weigh less than 60 pounds, be able to sit for 30 seconds unsupported and be able to take at least five steps with some support. Youngsters are referred by physical therapists in the Sacramento area.