Bulky. Clunky. Cumbersome. Restrictive. Heavy. Robotic. When you think of exoskeletons and medical garments, the first adjectives that come to mind aren’t usually positive. In the world of physical therapy, even the best rehabilitation program in the world can’t produce results if it’s not followed correctly.
And that’s exactly what was happening for parents whose children experience developmental delays, which are detrimental both physically and socially. They struggle with mobility of their limbs resulting from a multitude of conditions from Down syndrome to brain injuries to hemiplegia to arthrogryposis. If a baby can’t use her arms, she can’t learn to crawl, walk, gesture, self-feed — the list goes on and on.
For parents of children with developmental delays, dressing them in uncomfortable devices that make them stand out from their peers is a constant struggle. Kids don’t want to wear it and parents don’t want a constant battle. It’s exhausting for everyone involved. Therefore, many of the exoskeletons simply don’t get used often enough to make an impact.
Michele Lobo, assistant professor of physical therapy at the University of Delaware, decided to act. She created exoskeleton and other devices that are light, comfortable and effective. They’re appropriately dubbed Super Suits. Read the full article on UDaily.