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Thousands of parents, clinicians, students and community members from across the world have helped to modify toy ride-on cars for kids with disabilities through the University of Delaware’s GoBabyGo! program.
That’s why he launched the GoBabyGo project in 2006 with Sunil Agrawal. Since, then, Cole Galloway has collaborated with engineers and fashion designers, with parents and grandparents, to provide mobility to kids who have trouble moving on their own.
Galloway started with custom robot-driven devices and later began modifying 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, and on the playground.
Turning, grabbing, kicking, throwing.
“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.”
The team is also developing kid-friendly exoskeletons to promote upper-body movement as well as harness systems to provide partial body-weight support and free the hands and feet for sports-type activities.
To learn more about the research, contact Cole Galloway.
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.