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Vibrating mat helps children with cerebral palsy

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Children who are born premature sometimes have a greater risk of complications later in their life, which could lead them to seek the aid of professionals with physical therapy jobs.

Aaron Hightower was born three months premature and suffered from cerebral palsy, according to Omaha, Nebraska's ABC affiliate, KETV 7. However, Reggie Harbourne, who has a physical therapist job, has been working with Hightower twice a week at the University of Nebraska Medical Center's Munroe Meyer Institute to help him reach certain milestones through a vibrating therapy mat.

The mat is part of a study that is currently going on at the center, where toddlers sit on the device while they have their session.

"It sort of amps up their sensation so they're a little more aware of where they are in space," Harbourne told the news provider. "So if they start to fall over, they can react to it."

According to 4 My Child, an online information website that offers answers and support to families with a loved one with cerebral palsy, physical therapy can help the child attain the highest quality of life possible.

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