Our goal is to promote optimal health, development, and functional independence for infants and children in order to improve lifelong health outcomes.

The PEARL Lab focuses on understanding typical and atypical infant and child development in order to develop and test targeted treatment programs.  We use behavioral and biomechanical measures of movement in combination with clinical outcome tools. Methodologies include high- and low-tech approaches to assessing health and improving movements in fragile infants and older children with developmental disabilities, often with a global perspective. Dr. Jill Heathcock, Associate Professor, is the director of the PEARL lab.

If you are a patient or family member of an infant or child with preterm birth, complex congenital heart disease, neonatal stroke, brain injury, cerebral palsy, spinal muscle atrophy, or delayed motor development we have many ongoing projects where you can participate.

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