An Automated Early Motor Development Risk Screener from Observational Video Recordings of Infants and Toddlers

An Automated Early Motor Development Risk Screener from Observational Video Recordings of Infants and Toddlers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 9R44HD095783-03
Agency Tracking Number: R44HD095783
Amount: $605,627.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2018
Solicitation Year: 2014
Solicitation Topic Code: NICHD
Solicitation Number: PA14-197
Small Business Information
2151 NW 97TH ST, Seattle, WA, 98117-2452
DUNS: 034996460
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 BHARATH MODAYUR
 (206) 769-9179
 bmodayur@gmail.com
Business Contact
 BHARATH MODAYUR
Phone: (206) 769-9179
Email: launchbottle@gmail.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
Motor development plays a pivotal role in an infant s overall development and has a cascading effect on socialcognitivememoryand language abilityThese functions can be compromised when motor development is disruptedmotor disruption is associated with generalized developmental delaysEarly screening and identification of delays can allow early interventions with the goal of not just improving motor function but overall development in other domainsExperience with independent or motorized crawling is shown to improve spatial memory in infantsActive motor trainingeven as early asmonthsis shown to achieve gains in object exploration and social engagement that persist long after the training sessionsindicating the benefits of early interventionChildren who get developmental screening are more likely to be identified with delays and receive early intervention services compared to those that only receive age appropriate milestone checks as part of pediatric well child visitsHowevercomprehensive motor screeningusing standardized instrumentsfor developmental surveillance is labor intensive and requires specialized training in administration and evaluationShortage of resources to perform frequentgold standardcomprehensive motor assessments can lead to missed opportunities for early intervention and contribute negatively to lifelong outcomes for infants at risk for behavioral and developmental disordersIn the USof children have a developmental or behavioral disabilitybut less than a third of them get diagnosed before entering schoolpreventing opportunities for early intervention during a critical period of brain developmentIn Phase Iwe built a prototype Human Action Recognition EngineHAREto automate extraction of infant motor movement from videothen utilized this engine to demonstrate the feasibility of an automated developmental risk screener by leveraging recent advances in machine learning to achieve state of the art accuracies in assessment of infant motor developmentIn Phase IIwe aim to build out the risk screenerSCOREITas a clinically deployablecost effectivedevelopmental risk assessment tool to identify children who need further clinical follow upSCOREIT has the potential to transform early developmental screening by bringing the power of comprehensive motor screeningusually administered only to at risk children utilizing specialized resourcesto underserved and economically fragile communitiesLess than a third of US children receive developmental screeningSCOREIT can bring risk screenings to the overof children that currently do not receive themincreasing opportunities for early intervention for behavioral and developmental disordersAdditionallythe HARE system s ability to automatically extract and quantify motor movements from video can be an enabler for explorations of early markers for behavioral and developmental disorderssignificantly easing manual video coding burdens and accelerating the pace of discoveries This proposal introduces an automatedportablelow cost developmental risk assessment toolSCOREITthat leverages advances in machine learning to extract motor movements from infant videos and generate a motor developmental score based on a standardized instrumentAlberta Infant Motor ScaleAIMSSCOREIT has the potential to transform early developmental risk screening by bringing the power of standardizedcomprehensive motor screening to underservedeconomically fragile communitiesand increase opportunities for early intervention of developmental disorders

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