Gannon University: Gannon collaborative adaptive car program GoBabyGo’s first build complete

GoBabyGo is an Adaptive Car Program focusing on providing modified, ride-on cars to young children with movement challenges so they can move around independently and explore their environment in a fun and educational way, created by a collaborative interdisciplinary team from both electrical and computer engineering and the doctor of physical therapy program.

According to the team’s research and presentation, independent exploration supports cognitive, perceptual, and social development.

The goal of the GoBabyGo program is to provide safe and accessible mobility devices for children with mobility impairments, create opportunities for children to explore their world and have fun, and bring together expertise from multiple disciplines to build customized cars for children in need.

An additional collaborative project focuses on helping a client who is an 11-year-old boy with a diagnosis of spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy. He is currently functioning at a Level 5 on the Gross Motor Function Classification System and has had difficulty learning to drive a power wheelchair. This team’s collaboration team is working on providing him more practice time using both physical and virtual solutions.