November 5, 2015: For infants, crawling is not only the typical step before walking, it’s a gateway to exploration – exploration that encourages a child’s physical, mental, and social development.
But what happens when a child can’t crawl because he or she doesn’t have the necessary strength or coordination? That’s a situation typically faced by infants with cerebral palsy.
In this episode of Move Forward Radio, physical therapists Thubi Kolobe, PT, PhD, FAPTA, and Peter Pidcoe, PT, PhD, DPT, discuss their collaboration on a device that provides crucial movement assistance for children with cerebral palsy and other developmental delays. The Self-Initiated Prone Progression Crawler (SIPPC) is still evolving, but was was one of 13 projects recognized by the Smithsonian Institution’s “Innovation Festival” in September 2015.
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