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For infants, crawling is a gateway to exploring. It helps a child's physical, mental, and social development.

But what happens when a child can't crawl because they don't have the needed strength or coordination? That's a situation often faced by infants with cerebral palsy.

In this episode of Move Forward Radio, we talk with physical therapists Thubi Kolobe and Peter Pidcoe. They discuss their work on a device that offers movement assistance to kids with cerebral palsy and other developmental delays. The device is called the Self-Initiated Prone Progression Crawler. The Smithsonian Institution recognized the device during their "Innovation Festival” in September 2015.

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Thubi Kolobe

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, early identification of infants at risk for developmental disabilities, test development and cross-cultural validation of childrearing measures, and interaction between biological and environmental influences on outcomes of infants and toddlers with disabilities. 

Peter Pidcoe

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. In addition to teaching kinesiology, biomechanics, bioinstrumentation and neuromuscular performance, he is the director of the Engineering and Biomechanics Lab. The lab blends students from engineering and physical therapy to work on projects that link engineering principles with physical therapy treatment and human performance.

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