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CRAWLING MAT TRAINER

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000026486D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Apr-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-06
Document File: 4 page(s) / 272K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

Children learn to investigate their environment by seeing, crawling, reaching, and touching. The multitude of information they receive through their senses enables them to continue developing. Before a child can learn to walk he or she must first learn to crawl. Crawling is part of the natural development in life as a child grows from infant to toddler. For some children with neurological disabilities or sensory impairments, crawling is not something that comes naturally. It must be learned with the assistance from others so that they have the basis themselves for standing on their own two feet.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

CRAWLING MAT TRAINER Proposed Classification John S. Wright U.S. C1.434/262

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CRAWLING MAT TRAINER(Cont'd)

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CRAWLING MAT TRAINER(Cont'd)

Children learn to investigate their environment by seeing, crawling, reaching, and touching. The multitude of information they receive through their senses enables them to continue developing. Before a child can learn to walk he or she must first learn to crawl. Crawling is part of the natural development in life as a child grows from infant to toddler. For some children with neurological disabilities or sensory impairments, crawling is not something that comes naturally. It must be learned with the assistance from others so that they have the basis themselves for standing on their own two feet.

Learning for both young and older children with developmental delays is a proactive process. Therapist and special educators primarily use directive, hands on techniques to encourage crawling. Small training tools such as table top lamps and sound boxes have been used to reinforce cognitive and motor skills. However, now in the logical progression of training devices there is a need for a larger apparatus utilizing both light and sound reinforcement which can be used over an expanded floor area.

Disclosed herein is an apparatus for providing simultaneous tactile, visual, and auditory stimulation in the form of computer driven light patterns and digitized sounds which emanate from a soft translucent mat. The Crawling Mat Trainer is not a replacement to the hands-on therapy and instruction that children currently receive in a developmental program. It is an adjunct device that can be used to facilitate a learning strategy already in regular practice, but on a much larger scale.

The specific part that comprises this embodiment is presented as a foreshortened isometric projection in Figure 1. Referring to Figure 1 of the drawings, there is shown a Crawling Mat Trainer or CMT 10. Crawling Mat Trainer 10 is a training surface comprised of an insulated and opaque panel 12 fashioned from a phenolic material or Plexiglass@' that is strong enough to support an applied load of approximately two adults and one child. Panel 12 is perforated with holes 14 that are underlaid with 512 miniature incandescent lights (not shown). Two loudspeakers (not shown) are mounted on the undersurface of said panel 12 to provide an audio output capability through the circularly perforated speaker grilles 16. A soft overlaying and removable translucent mat 18 protec...