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Play Space for Parental Understanding of Development

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
66188
Program Year/Program:
2003 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
HD044280
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Aptima, Inc.
12 Gill Street Suite 1400 Woburn, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: Play Space for Parental Understanding of Development
Agency: HHS
Contract: 1R43HD044280-01
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): This project examines caregiver understanding of child development in order to design and test an educational play space geared toward improving that understanding through active, hands-on guidance. The goals of the play space are to improve caregiver understanding of complex development between infancy and kindergarten so they (1) safeguard their children against hazards and (2) facilitate their literacy and intellectual development. The long-term objectives are to create a play space and a software-based authoring mechanism for children's museums, daycares, doctors' offices, or preschools such that they will be able to design their own educational play spaces. Phase I work will include a preliminary review of developmental phenomena related to child safety and opportunities for facilitating literacy and intellectual development for infants through kindergarteners. This review will identify developmental phenomena that are difficult to understand because they are either early or precursor skills, late skills, regressions, affected by context or individual differences, or simply non-obvious. The results of the review will inform observational measures in a Phase I investigation of (1) relevant behaviors that current exhibits in the Pittsburgh Children's Museum elicit from children who visit and (2) caregiver beliefs about development and child abilities. Analysis of the data will suggest developmental phenomena and behaviors that relate to safety and literacy that can be elicited in a museum play space environment and that caregivers are unfamiliar with. These results will form the basis of design recommendations for building a new educational play space in Phase II. Phase II will also include a substantial validation study that seeks to quantify the influence of the play space on caregiver sensitivity to development. The validation study will examine changes that improve child safety and the child's opportunities for intellectual and literacy enrichment.

Principal Investigator:

Frederick J. Diedrich
7814962421
DIEDRICH@APTIMA.COM

Business Contact:

Margaret Clancy
7814962415
CLANCY@APTIMA.COM
Small Business Information at Submission:

APTIMA, INC.
APTIMA, INC. 12 GILL ST, STE 1400 WOBURN, MA 01801

EIN/Tax ID: 967259946
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No