Go Baby Go Oregon Portland Community Program
What is Go Baby Go?
Go Baby Go (GBG) is a community- based outreach program that works with families, clinicians and industry to provide pediatric equipment to children with disabilities.
The primary mission of GBG is to provide modified ride-on cars to these children to use as a powered mobility device for fun, function, and exploration.
GBG was founded by Dr. Cole Galloway, PT, PhD at the University of Delaware. Sam Logan, PhD brought GBG to Oregon State University (OSU) in 2014.
Since then, GBG Oregon was formed as an equal partnership between OSU, OHSU, and Portland community therapists. Through playgroups, community events, and workshops we provide opportunities for families to build relationships and for children to socialize with their peers.
To learn more about Go Baby Go, visit http://health.oregonstate.edu/gobabygo
To stay up-to-date on future Go Baby Go events (e.g. play groups), visit the Oregon Go Baby Go Facebook page
The Importance of Mobility
Mobility in children is not just about getting from one place to the next, it is also about exploring the world in a way that allows for independence and healthy brain development. Currently, there are no commercially available devices for young children with mobility issues to get around on their own; power wheelchairs usually aren’t an option until children are older.
These cars are important because they give children control over their mobility which research has shown leads to developmental gains in motor skills, cognition, language, and social skills.
Who Are Our Members?
- Families and children with disabilities
- Community therapists
- Local business sponsors and partners
Who Benefits from Involvement?
- Children with delays in mobility
- Children with intellectual and/or sensory impairment
- Age ranges currently 6 months - 6 years
- Parents looking for an active and engaging experience to share
- Siblings and peers benefit from social and community engagement
Interested in Applying for a Modified Ride-On Car?
Please fill out this application so we can learn more about your child or patient's needs
How to Get Involved?
If you're interested in volunteering or helping with an upcoming event, contact Bethany Sloane
How to Make a Donation?
Go Baby Go is a donation-funded program. It's donations, volunteers, and community support that make this program possible. We accept both financial and material donations. Most material donations are items that can be found at your local hardware or toy store (e.g. PVC pipe, pool noodles, kickboards, Velcro, etc.).
Thank you so much for considering supporting this program!