Mobility matters for children of all ages, and that's why we're doing what we're doing.
Developed by University of Delaware physical therapists, the GoBabyGo! program aims to help children with mobility impairments become more mobile by modifying driveable toy cars.
Electric wheelchairs are often reserved for children over three years of age, leaving a mobility gap for many children during a prime developmental period. Through the retrofitting of battery-powered cars to suit their physical needs and abilities, children can begin to explore their world at an earlier age and do so in a play environment. This not only helps with children's cognitive development, but also helps build important social skills and a greater sense of independence.
Erin Gaffney (front row, center), a student in Chatham's Doctor of Physical Therapy program, brought the idea to Chatham and program director Dr. Joe Schreiber. Students throughout Chatham's School of Health Sciences have joined the club to make a difference for GoBabyGo! families.
As the next generation of physical therapists, we can think of no better way to honor Chatham's mission of being "world ready: to build lives of purpose and value and fulfilling work" than by launching a program that reaches out to help our surrounding community.
The GoBabyGo! Club is led by Cassandra Bartoch (president) and Dr. Joe Schreiber (faculty liaison).
Make a gift.
We have a fund set up for monetary GoBabyGo donations. Your gift will go toward supplies and other costs associated with bringing mobility to children.
Donate a car.
Donating new (or gently used) ride-on toy cars, or the materials used in retrofitting the cars, gives us the opportunity to put more children behind the wheel.
Nominate a child.
Could your child benefit (or do you know of a family that could benefit) from a GoBabyGo car? Let us know by contacting us with contact information and some background details.
For more info about GoBabyGo! or a related inquiry, please contact:
Cassandra Bartoch, President of Chatham's GoBabyGo! ▶ Cassandra.Bartoch@chathm.edu
Joe Schreiber Physical Therapy Program Director ▶ JSchreiber@Chatham.edu
Mary Kay Selewitz, Physical Therapy Program Assistant ▶ MSelewitz@Chatham.edu
Like Chatham DPT GoBabyGo on Facebook to learn more about upcoming build dates and see photos from previous events.