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For the past four years, I’ve dragged myself out of bed at 8:00 a.m. twice a week to be body-slammed with hugs by five-yearolds— their way of saying hello. I am now an expert at washing tables and pouring water into plastic cups with zoo animal handles. I’m a pro at zipping up coats and at pulling jacket sleeves over mittens, and snow pants over boots. I cut mouse hats out of felt and draw hearts at the top of every paper, a symbol that reminds students to write their name.


There is a room in the Center for Health Sciences that has mechanical robots, a Wii balance board, and, sometimes, tiny tykes motoring around. This unlikely combination is the basis for a collaborative research project among three Ithaca College faculty members.

Sharon Stansfield (computer science), Carole Dennis (occupational therapy), and Helene Larin (physical therapy) are developing a device that will aid children with physical impairments or developmental delays to move freely and explore their surroundings.



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