Babies, start your engines!
Best known for his high tech “babies driving robots” research with Sunil Agrawal, Cole Galloway has recently added a low tech version – off-the-shelf toy racecars to provide mobility to children with crawling and walking problems, empowering them to be part of the action at home, in the daycare center, or on the playground.
Low Tech + High Tech = GO TECH!
Visitors to UD will notice that while the cars are the real deal from the toy store, they have a mix of high tech and low tech features—roll bars made out of PVC pipe, sling seats made from soft fabric, harnesses fashioned from mesh and plastic, and a specialized console over the steering wheel. Galloway and his team adapt each car to the needs of the child who is currently using it.
Barbie goes to UD...then explores the world!
“Fun is key here—it unlocks brain development and exploratory drive for the child, and ignites active, engaged play from adults and peers,” Galloway says. “When your main goal is mobility and socialization of young children and their families, you can’t ask for better collaborators than Barbie and Mater.”
Galloway and his research team are seeking additional "drivers" for their research studies.
To enroll your child or to learn more about the research, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take our survey!
As a first step in this process, please take 5 (ok, maybe 6) minutes to complete one of the two surveys. There is a version for the family, as well as a professional version for educators, clinicians, researchers, professors and non-profit organizations.
Left: Brenden and Maria take spins on toy cars at UD’s Early
Learning Center with physical therapist Tracey Stoner as
part of continuing research on mobility.