GoBabyGo! Provides Mobility for Young Children
A key component for any child’s development is play. For
some, play can be difficult due to disability. That’s why Dr. Cole Galloway, a
professor at the University of Delaware created GoBabyGo!, a fun and inventive
way to get kids moving.
“I have lots of kids who aren’t invited to birthday parties
ever,” Galloway said on the GoBabyGo! YouTube channel. “Friends are hard to
make when you’re not mobile.”
Galloway, with a ride-on toy car and a few modifications,
has been able to help kids throughout the country gain some independence and skills
that they would not have normally acquired. According to Galloway, there are no
commercially available power wheelchairs for children under three years of age.
After discovering that these ride-on toy cars could provide
the same mobility as a power wheelchair for kids, Galloway has traveled across
the country and presented in clinician’s workshops for parents. He has posted
YouTube videos to teach others how to modify these cars. Once the car is modified and has received certification
from an electrical or mechanical engineer, the car is ready to use.
“I don’t know why we felt the need to give it away, except
that I think everyone would do that,” Galloway said. “There’s no reason to hold
onto this and fight for a territory when there’s literally hundreds of
thousands of kids around the world today sitting still. Now, it becomes a chess
match of how quickly we can get it out.”
The cost of each car is around $200, but the ability to help
a child thrive and socialize can potentially be priceless.
What do you think of these devices?