n South African Medical Journal - SA professor and US engineer transform disabled babies' lives : izindaba

Volume 106, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



A former Limpopo physiotherapist- turned Professor in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Oklahomahas coinvented a mobile device that 'teaches' disabled infants how to crawl, miraculously transforming their cognition, early mobility and life prospects. Prof. Thubi A Kolobe conceived the idea behind the self-initiated prone-powered crawler (SIPPC), a skate-like device that miraculously enhances the physical abilities of infants, particularly those with cerebral palsy (CP). Many of these children would otherwise never acquire the basic motor skills so fundamental to all future potential learning. The ground-breaking device was displayed at the Smithsonian Innovation Festival at the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, in September last year, where Kolobe was honoured for her creative thinking. The device teaches infants born with disabilities not just to crawl, but to experience and enjoy independent movement.

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