From R2D2 to Optimus Prime to WALL-E, we’ve had a fascination with robots for decades. Now, there’s a new robot joining the ranks called Lokomat. Lokomat is a robotic gait training program—a new therapy robot for children with cerebral palsy. First developed for adults, University of Alberta professor Shanon Phelan is now conducting a study testing the benefits of Lokomat after it has been adapted for children. The robotic training works by supporting and guiding the child’s legs to simulate walking patterns while also boosting confidence and morale. Maggie Slessor, a 12-year old with cerebral palsy participating in the 140-kid study, is thrilled with the new therapy option: “It’s great to be able to walk without having to hold on to anything. My friends think it’s really cool when I show them the pictures. They think I’m a robot!”
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