Children's Learning Institute logoParents or caregivers and their children ages 6-24 months with spina bifida, or with problems with tone and strength, such as cerebral palsy, are invited to participate in a research study.

Participants in the study, Enhancing Early Learning for Children with Special Needs, will be assigned to one of three groups that target motor learning, social functioning, and language development.

This is a 14-week program that includes training and resources for the parents, including four assessments for the child.

The study investigates whether an integrated parent responsiveness and motor support intervention targeting these infants will result in changes in parent behavior leading to improvements in the overall development of such core skills and competencies as attention, cognition, goal-directed play, language and motor performance.

The study is project of The Medical School’s Children’s Learning Institute and TIRR Memorial Hermann. The principal investigator is Dr. Heather Taylor, assistant professor of pediatrics.

For more information, please contact Jose Vega, 713.500.3712.