Dale Ulrich

Dale Ulrich

About

Dr. Ulrich and his colleagues have provided clear research evidence for the effectiveness of treadmill training in promoting earlier onset of walking and improved walking gait in infants born with Down syndrome. They have also demonstrated that higher intensity treadmill training produces a more physically active infant up to 12 months after treadmill training ends. Dr Ulrich is completing pilot research on the use of the newborn stepping reflex initiated during the first month of life in infants with Down syndrome in an effort to improve the motor control and coordination in their legs that is a prerequisite to walking. Dr. Ulrich and his doctoral students have designed and tested an innovative intervention to teach youth with Down syndrome and autism to ride a two wheel bicycle. Less then 10% of youth with Down syndrome can ride a two wheel bike. The results of two initial studies provide evidence that their unique intervention has a success rate of 62% in 6 hours and 15 minutes of training over a 5 day period. Dr. Ulrich has begun work on the design of a new assessment device to measure children’s physical activity skills. As part of this research project, he will collect national and international norms on children with and without disabilities in the age range of 6-12 years. His research findings have direct application for parent training activities.

Areas of interest

Motor behavior and development in infants and children with Down syndrome and autism, assessment of motor behavior and performance in children, designing and testing interventions to maximize physical activity, motor skill development, community participation, and quality of life in children with Down syndrome and autism.

Contact

Dale
Ulrich
OBL 3126
1402 Washington Hts.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2013
(734) 615-1904
(734) 647-2808

Classes

Course Course Title Credits Term Instructor
HF 425 Physical Activity and Pediatric Disabilities 3 Fall, Winter D Ulrich
Course Name RO: PA & Ped Disability
Course Level: Undergraduate
Description
This course is designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of the factors that contribute to the motor behavior characteristics of children with developmental disabilities. Application of this knowledge to designing and implementing quality pediatric motor development and physical activity programs will be emphasized. A research-to-practice model will be employed. Students will learn how to assess the current level of movement skill development.
Prerequisites: Junior standing.
Component: LEC
KINESLGY 425 Physical Activity and Pediatric Disabilities 3 Fall D Ulrich
Course Name RO: PA & Ped Disability
Course Level: Graduate
Description
This course is designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of the factors that contribute to the motor behavior characteristics of children with developmental disabilities. Application of this knowledge to designing and implementing quality pediatric motor development and physical activity programs will be emphasized. A research-to-practice model will be employed. Students will learn how to assess the current level of movement skill development.
Prerequisites: Graduate standing.
Component: LEC
MOVESCI 250 Statistics 3 Fall, Winter D Ulrich
Course Name RO: Statistics
Course Level: Undergraduate
Description
This course is designed to provide students with knowledge and experience with statistics and the scientific method. Frequency distributions, descriptive statistics for summarizing measures of central tendency and variability, measures of association, variance, statistics for testing hypotheses, and statistics used to evaluate validity and reliability will be emphasized. Students will participate in several lab projects requiring the use of statistics.
Prerequisites:
Component: LEC
MOVESCI 425 Physical Activity and Pediatric Disabilities 3 Fall, Winter D Ulrich
Course Name RO: PA & Ped Disability
Course Level: Undergraduate
Description
This course is designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of the factors that contribute to the motor behavior characteristics of children with developmental disabilities. Application of this knowledge to designing and implementing quality pediatric motor development and physical activity programs will be emphasized. A research-to-practice model will be employed. Students will learn how to assess the current level of movement skill development.
Prerequisites: Junior standing.
Component: LEC
PHYSED 425 Physical Activity and Pediatric Disabilities 3 Fall, Winter D Ulrich
Course Name RO: PA & Ped Disability
Course Level: Undergraduate
Description
This course is designed to provide students with a thorough understatus of the factors that contribute to the motor behavior characteristics of children with developmental disabilities. Application of this knowledge to designing and implementing quality pediatric motor development and physical activity programs will be emphasized. A research-to-practice model will be employed. Students will learn how to assess the current level of movement skill development.
Prerequisites: Junior or Senior status.
Component: LEC

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