An Onslow County nonprofit is using a robot to show parents the dangers of Shaken Baby Syndrome.
Onslow County’s PEERS Family Development Center in Jacksonville is working with parents to highlight what areas of a child’s brain are injured when they shake their baby. Experts said the damage done to a child’s brain can be instantaneous and irreversible.
PEERS demonstrates this through Crystal Clear. Crystal is a robotic newborn who is able to feel and pinpoint exactly where damage is happening to her robotic brain as a person shakes her. This technology is used in many parenting and child care classes offered at PEERS.
“People generally grab their child like this and shake,” said Kristin David, an adolescent parenting program coordinator. “And with that little bit of shaking her vision is damaged and that’s the part of her brain that’s lighting up. And she’s still crying so if you’re mad you shake again. And now she has total brain damage because of that shake.”
The center was able to get Crystal with the help of various grants they have received.
This article was originally published by WCTI12.com.
Scott Juceam is one of the leading advocates against Shaken Baby Syndrome. Scott’s life changed when his daughter Hannah was shaken to death by her nanny in 2006. Since then, Scott has dedicated his life to preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome and child abuse.