HEALTH

New Mobility Device Helps Toddlers With Disabilities Reach Milestones

Jun 8, 2021, 6:45 PM | Updated: 9:13 pm

OGDEN, Utah — When Claira Stanger is riding around on her Baby Bug, she may appear to be a toddler just having fun, but in this case, there’s so much more going on than that. The new invention is helping the little girl learn and grow. 

Of all the things Shelby Stanger thought she’d teach her toddler, driving wasn’t one of them.  

“A lot of people are like, ‘Oh, that’s so cute.’ They just think it’s a cute little toy, but I’m like, ‘Uh, it does so much more,'” said Stanger, a mother of two children who lives in Ogden.  

Claira, 1, was diagnosed with a condition called Arthrogryposis that causes joint stiffness, making range of motion limited.

The “Baby Bug,” created at Shriners Hospitals for Children-Salt Lake City, is an adapted baby seat on wheels. 

“It’s incredibly important that a child moves on their own,” said Scott Jerome, a physical therapist at the hospital. 

Claira Stanger, age 1, has an orthopedic condition that prevents her from reaching early milestones like crawling and walking.  (Used by permission, Shriners Hospitals for Children-Salt Lake City)

He said the Baby Bug helps babies who are too little for a wheelchair move independently when a condition interferes with meeting early milestones, like crawling.  

“If you understand what kids’ jobs are to do is to explore and investigate things, and if you’re not moving or you’re not moving away from your parent, then you’re not able to do that,” he said.  

The mobility device has helped Claira make cognitive connections related to speech and build physical strength. She’s also learned cause and effect.

Claira’s doctors hope she’ll one day walk on her own, and they said the Baby Bug nurtures that desire of independent movement. 

“If we continue to promote every opportunity for her to reach those, she will reach her full potential,” Jerome said.

So far, Claira and her parents are enjoying life in the “fast lane.” 

“It helps her to see things differently, rather than to just be carried around by us all or sat in her high chair,” Shelby Stanger said. “She can follow her cousins around when they come over on Sundays.”  

No matter what curves lie in the road ahead, with Claira at the wheel, she’s got this.

“You don’t have to walk to have a good quality of life,” Stanger said. “It makes my heart so happy to see her be able to play, be able to get around.” 

The next step for Claira is a specially-modified “Go Chair” – a toddler’s first wheelchair.

The ultimate goal is to make the Baby Bug available to all of the patients at Shriners who could benefit. 

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Health

This week on Sunday Edition, Doug Wright is joined by KSL reporter Ladd Egan to look ahead at abort...
KSL TV

Sunday Edition: Utah Abortion Bill, School Vouchers

This week on Sunday Edition, Doug Wright is joined by KSL reporter Ladd Egan to look ahead at abortion access legislation being unveiled on Utah's Capitol Hill and speak to the representative who brought the school choice bill into law and their future bills.
2 days ago
Randy Martin working on a reading station in West Valley City. (KSL-TV's Mike Anderson)...
Mike Anderson

Utah air quality is continuing to get worse, says USU professor

A Utah State University professor says that Utahns are breathing some of the worst air we've seen in over a decade.
3 days ago
Presenters at the Health Relationship Youth Summit asking for final questions. (KSL-TV's Mark Less)...
Alex Cabrero

Utah teens learn more about healthy relationships at youth summit

Teenagers gathered at a Healthy Relationship Youth Summit to learn more about the signs of unhealthy relationships and be able to identify them.
3 days ago
Samantha Hansen poses for a portrait at her home in Herriman, on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023. Hansen, a ...
KSL TV

Utah sisters disagree passionately about new abortion bill

SALT LAKE CITY — Rep Kera Birkeland, a Republican representing Morgan, has introduced HB-297 that she claims addresses the issues of abortion access and services for rape victims in Utah the Deseret News reported Friday. Read the full story here. Her sister, Samantha Hansen, is a rape survivor. She says she will fight the bill […]
4 days ago
Doctors work on a liver transplant at Intermountain Health hospital...
Emily Ashcraft, KSL.com 

Intermountain Health breaks organ transplant record again

SALT LAKE CITY — Intermountain Health announced Tuesday that it broke its own record for adult organ transplants during 2022, reaching 300 donations KSL.com reported. The organization thanked its donors and caregivers in a statement Tuesday for a fourth record-breaking year for the transplant program. Organ transplants last year included 104 livers, 159 kidneys, 29 […]
7 days ago
File image of swimming pool (KSL TV)...
Michael Houck and Shara Park

Dozens of Salt Lake County public swimming pools closed due to safety concerns

About 150 public pools in Salt Lake County will shut down after not meeting updated state safety requirements.
8 days ago

Sponsored Articles

vintage photo of lighting showroom featuring chandeliers, lamps, wall lights and mirrors...
Lighting Design

History of Lighting Design | Over 25 Years of Providing Utah With the Latest Trends and Styles

Read about the history of Lighting Design, a family-owned and operated business that paved the way for the lighting industry in Utah.
Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 Reasons You May Want to Consider Apartment Life Over Owning a Home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
New Mobility Device Helps Toddlers With Disabilities Reach Milestones