Go Baby Go! is an initiative started at the University of Delaware to provide opportunities for early, independent mobility, socialization and overall skill development for children with mobility limitations.
Assistology is excited to expand the GoBabyGo network by offering individual, customized build opportunities for children apx. 9 months to 5 years old.
The GoBabyGo program mission directly aligns with Assistology’s mission to provide unrestricted access to life’s activities. To strive toward improved quality of life and engagement. To work in collaboration to develop innovative solutions to remove barriers so people can live life on their terms.
“Every day that kids sit when they could be moving is a day that can never be regained in their emotional, cognitive, and social development. Children’s inability to move and play has alarming implications for their future, and we can’t sit back and wait for data to be collected or companies to assess the economic feasibility of new devices. ”
~ Cole Galloway, GoBabyGo founder
Please contact us below for more information or if you are interested in obtaining an adapted car for a child in your life.
Go Baby Go Results:
TEAM Go Baby Go!
Metro Community College (MCC) students have been bitten by the Go Baby Go bug and formed an official student club. This will allow students throughout the MCC system to participate with Assistology in the creative process and provide customized and individualized modifications.
“Kids Helping Kids” Scout Service Learning Day
Rohan Fichedia is a local Boy Scout from Troop 374 who got the Go Baby Go bug and choose to do his Eagle Scout project making a difference for 3 children in Nebraska. Not only did Rohan raise the money to do the project, but he recruited all the fellow Boy Scouts to work on the project. I was blessed to have the opportunity to facilitate this day of giving with this group of 11-17 year old boys who gave up a Saturday in the summer in order to give 3 families a wonderful gift! We got great news coverage from Channel 7. Click here for more pictures of the guys hard at work and reaping the rewards of their efforts with the families.
ESU3 Student Service Learning
Due to the generosity of ESU3 staff fundraising, we were able to partner on an amazing project. Students from Papillion High and Papillion South High STEM Academies spent the day designing and modifying a custom, 1-of-a-kind Go Baby Go car for a child in our community. This video shows the fun and collaboration of the day – and the joy of Macey and her family!
Hayes’ “Pure Joy”
With the assistance of the United Cerebral Palsy of NE Client Assistance Grant we had the pleasure of working with Hayes and his family to get him moving in his own Go Baby Go car. Hayes’ mom Kelly reported he danced in the sunshine and experienced “pure joy” while driving his car as Spring arrived in Omaha! https://assistologyomaha.com/testimonial/kelly-b-hayes-mom/
Custom Switch and Steering
We designed a car for a little girl who was too shy for pictures, but we wanted to share the awesome classic coup with custom switch and steering she received. Her parents and clinical team felt she would benefit from the added motivation of having a switch with lights, music and vibration. So, that is what she got! In order to give her a reliable handle bar to help her steer, we mounted the handlebar with springs and a screw attached directly to the steering wheel. We got a message from her parents 24 hours after delivery that she had warmed up to the car and a video showed her cruising around the house jamming to music!
Elizabeth’s Mobility Joy
We received a phone call from a co-worker and friend of a mom with a daughter who was a perfect match for a GoBabyGo modified car…and the co-worker had led an initiative to raise the money with about 60 other Oath co-workers to give the family this gift!
Collaboration with Elizabeth’s physical therapist, Bri, and her mom, Meghan, resulted in yet another new modification design. We added a handlebar to the button on the steering wheel to allow Elizabeth an easier way to activate the switch and learn to steer.
The car was delivered to Elizabeth at her mom’s office and dozens of co-workers who supported the initiative were able to stop in and watch Elizabeth’s joy in having independent mobility!
Note: We swapped out the PVC seen in these pictures for a segment of a hula-hoop, as the PVC was just heavy enough to cause inadvertent activation of the switch.
Team Superman Noah
Noah’s Physical Therapist contacted Assistology with a spunky little boy in mind for a Go Baby Go! car. Noah has several mobility and communication therapy goals that his team thought could be progressed with the motivation of making his own navigation choices!
When asked how we could customize the car to make it more exciting for Noah, his mom said they call him their little Superman, and Team Superman Noah was born!
Thanks to the partnership with the MCC Prototype students and the Client Assistance Grant from UCP of Nebraska, Noah was surprised with his new wheels. Mom’s first response was, “Oh my gosh, that is the cutest thing ever!” It sure did not take Noah long to take off chasing a ball and showing off his new ride to the rest of the therapy clinic! Big things ahead for Superman Noah!
Team Safari Leader Luke
Luke’s mobility limitations have had him sidelined from outdoor activities, especially keeping up with his older brother. Additionally, Luke’s and his family live in rural, South-Central Nebraska and the gravel roads have forever been a barrier to using electric ride on cars.
Assistology again said, “Challenge accepted!”. Thanks to the partnership with the MCC Prototype students and the grant from the MCC Foundation we were able to purchase a 12V, 4 Wheel drive jeep with amazing shocks and rubber tires (that would endure rough off-roading conditions) and customize it with safari animals – including Luke’s favorite, the Rhino!
There were minimal structural modifications needed as Luke is strong and motivated. We engineered an extension to the sideboard and Luke was able to independently climb in and out. With just a few minutes of practice he took off around the MCC Center for Advanced and Emerging Technology. The only reason the family was able to load it up and head home is because he wore out the battery! And with that, our little Safari Leader Luke was off to explore!
Antonio’s Physical Therapist contacted Assistology wondering if we could possibly customize a car for Antonio. She knew a Go Baby Go! car would be a great tool to help advance his therapy and skill development. However, Antonio had not been able to participate in the program because of his unique needs and the high level of customization needed. Antonio experienced a non-accidental brain injury that affected his vision, mobility and overall motor skills. We said, “Challenge accepted!”
Thanks to project funding from the UCP of Nebraska Client Assistance Grant, collaboration between Assistology, MCC Prototype Design students, Antonio’s therapists and his mom resulted in the most adorable classic car modification. We adjusted the seating to provide extra support, as Antonio’s core strength is still developing. We also designed and built a head mount for his switch so that he could access it with a slight tilt of his head. And just like that, another successful project for Team Go Baby Go!
Assistology and Team Go Baby Go! students from the MCC Prototype Design Program collaborated to provide Elliott with his very own car – fully customized with racing stripe and Team Elliott decals. Thanks to funding from the MCC Foundation we were able to give Elliott the gift of independent mobility AND a means to keep up with his friends.
Every day Elliott tackles the days challenges that come as part of his rare diagnosis. Before having his own car, Elliott was either sidelined from the fun and limited to riding shot gun. Now, he is the one leading the way, while also working on his motor and sensory skills! The media channels and his parents were almost as over the moon as Elliot!
A Special Switch for an Awesome Girl
Assistology and MCC students worked with a family from Lincoln to customize a Frozen model car to meet her unique needs. A lack of motivation for cause-effect activities, limited arm mobility and a visual impairment presented unique considerations. The team collaborated with her Physical Therapist to identify a switch with tactile, auditory and visual feedback which had amazing results in motivating her to activate the switch and drive her car. We also created a horizontal bar to aid in steering by giving her a more stable surface to rest her arms.
Go Baby Go! Nebraska!
As part of the UNMC/MMI Go Baby Go! Nebraska! collaboration, a team of students from UNMC, UNO and UNL, along with rehab professionals adapted the SpongeBob car (top 2 pictures) for a 14 month old little girl, adding special adaptations to accommodate for her small stature and easy muscle fatigue. There are supports in place to allow her varying level of supports as she grows with this car and masters early mobility, as well as expands her socialization opportunities.
The Frozen car and other Sponge Bob cars were modified for children ranging from 18 months to 3 years. Minimal supports were needed in these cases, but lots of fun ensued!
Click here for more on Cole’s perspective.