Pediatric Therapy Network’s A2B Social Mobility Group was based off of the current research by Cole Galloway, associate professor of physical therapy at the University of Delaware. His Go Baby Go study is offering a fun and practical solution for improving a child’s independent mobility in order to foster active exploration of their environment and promote opportunities for improved social interactions with peers.
- From 6 months to 3 years of age, healthy children have the ability to move toward items that capture their interest. This allows more opportunities to learn from their environment and form important neurological connections for brain and behavioral development.
- The majority of brain synapses or connections form by age 3, and 85% of a child’s brain development is completed by age 5.
- More than a half-million children suffer from mobility issues from birth on.
- There are no pediatric power wheelchairs currently available for children under 2.
For more information regarding the Go Baby Go Study please visit http://www.udel.edu/gobabygo/
Reference: Galloway, C. Agrawal, S. The Drive to Explore. University of Delaware Research Online Magazine. 2012; Vol.3/ No.2: 23-25.