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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Thubi Kolobe, PT, PhD, FAPTA, is a professor and lead researcher in the rehabilitative sciences department at the University of Oklahoma. Her research interests include early mobility in infants with and without disabilities, early identification of infants at risk for developmental disabilities, test development and cross-cultural validation of childrearing measure, and interaction between biological and environmental influences on outcomes of infants and toddlers with disabilities.
Peter Pidcoe, PT, PhD, DPT, is a member of the physical therapy, biomedical engineering, and physical medicine and rehabilitation departments at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). In addition to teaching kinesiology, biomechanics, bioinstrumentation and neuromuscular performance, he is the director of the Engineering and Biomechanics Lab, which blends students from engineering and physical therapy to work on projects that link engineering principles with physical therapy treatment and human performance measures.