Title

The Effect of Containment in Equipment on an Infant's Gross Motor Development

Date of Award

Fall 12-20-2018

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Special Education

Department

Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Ximena Suarez-Sousa

Abstract

Abstract

The purpose of this research was to determine the association, if any, that exists between time spent in infant containment equipment and an infant’s motor development. This study consisted of 11 infant participants and their parents. The infant participants were between three months and 11 months of age. The study used data regarding time spent in equipment which was collected using a parent survey, and motor development data which was gathered during a one- time home visit with the family using the motor portions of the Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development 3rd edition. Specifically, the study compared data regarding the number of minutes an infant spends tummy time and the number of minutes an infant spends in equipment such as car seats, bouncy seats, swings and strollers to the infant’s functioning level, or percentile ranking, on the motor portions of the Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development, 3rd edition. The data collected during this study indicated that no association existed between time spent in containing equipment, time spent in tummy time, and an infant’s motor development. No patterns in data were observed.

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