Children’s Specialized Hospital Begins New Jersey Chapter of Go Baby

January 29, 2016

Getting kids to ride in motorized cars may seem like child’s play, but it takes on additional importance when those children have complex medical needs. Now there’s a fun and necessary way to get kids with limited mobility into the action. 

Through a national program called Go Baby Go, Children’s Specialized Hospital is helping children with complex medical needs jump start their cognitive, language, and motor skills – all while having fun.

“Ride-on, motorized kids’ cars – like the ones found at any major retailer – are modified to safely fit the individual needs of each child,” said Danielle Rupp, physical therapist, Children’s Specialized Hospital. “To kick off our Go Baby Go chapter, we held a workshop for kids and parents at the end of 2015. The response was overwhelming.”

The team at Children's Specalied Hospital applied to Seton Hall University for a grant to support this project.  The Seton Hall Clinical  Education and Research Partnership Grant was awarded to Children's Specialized Hospital to fund this innovative project.  Part of the grant benefit will allow our experts to include Seton Hall University students and faculty in the learning opportunities.  About 10 students and five faculty members from the school’s physical, occupational and speech therapy programs assisted in building the cars, properly seating the kids, and worked with the children and their families to learn to drive the finished products. Click here to view our fall 2017 Go Baby Go Build Day powered by Toyota.

Go Baby Go was created by James C. (Cole) Galloway, PT, PhD, Professor of Biomechanics and Movement Sciences in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Delaware (UD). He is also Director of UD’s Infant Motor Behavior Lab, Co-Director of UD’s Pediatric Mobility Lab and Design Studio. Dr. Galloway gave a lecture on technological advances in infant mobility for Children’s Specialized Hospital patients and family members in October 2015.

“Fun is key here,” Dr. Galloway has said about Go Baby Go. “It unlocks brain development and exploratory drive for the child, and it ignites active, engaged play from adults and peers.” The program empowers kids to be a part of the action at home, in the daycare center, or on the playground.

Through Go Baby Go, thousands of parents, clinicians, students and community members have helped modify ride-on cars for kids with disabilities. Events have been held and chapters formed across the U.S. – and there’s even been some international participation.

With another event planned in the spring, the Children’s Specialized Hospital chapter of Go Baby Go will reach children with special needs all across New Jersey – from Egg Harbor all the way up to New Brunswick. Children’s Specialized Hospital is the largest pediatric rehabilitation hospital network in the country.

If you are interested in finding out more about Go Baby Go at Children’s Specialized Hospital, contact Danielle Rupp, PT, DPT:

Children’s Specialized Hospital is the nation’s leading provider of inpatient and outpatient care for children from birth to 21 years of age facing special health challenges — from chronic illnesses and complex physical disabilities like brain and spinal cord injuries, to developmental and behavioral issues like autism and mental health. At thirteen different New Jersey locations, our pediatric specialists partner with families to make our many innovative therapies and medical treatments more personalized and children can achieve more of their goals.

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