In the first year of a child’s life, crawling is a milestone in mobility development. Children born prematurely, with cerebral palsy, or with other disabilities may have trouble learning this intermediary skill. Researchers at Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center are developing a robotic platform equipped with dozens of sensors to learn infant movement patterns and ultimately help children with cerebral palsy learn to crawl on their own. The robot works by detecting small changes and movements in a child’s brain activity and body when he or she attempts to crawl, and supplementing that movement to complete the motion. “So if they push on the floor a little bit or even if they just make a movement that looks like a crawling movement, we can detect that and the robot can carry their whole body forward,” said Andrew Fagg, OU Assoc. Professor of Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering. By studying the way babies learn to crawl, researchers hope to identify mobility problems early so they can introduce intervention therapies, such as this robotic device.
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