2017 Aquatics & Motor Development Study

Dear Parent/Guardian,

My name is David Anderson. I am the Director of the Marian Wright Edelman Institute for the Study of Children, Youth and Families at San Francisco State University. I am excited to announce that my team and I are working closely with Otteroo to conduct a research study to better understand the effects of early water play on infant motor development.

We invite you to participate in this study. The study seeks to determine whether using a flotation device like the Otteroo influences when specific motor skills like sitting, crawling, and walking are acquired. It is OK if your child did not use the Otteroo at all. The study requires you to fill out a survey that takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.

If your child meets the criteria below, we would love to hear from you!

  • He/she is currently 12 to 18 months of age
  • He/she is able to walk

The survey asks basic questions, like when, where and how many times the Otteroo was used (if it was used at all). It also asks the ages at which your infant acquired specific motor skills and how confident you are in recalling those ages.

If you are interested in helping us with this important study, please click on the link below to access the consent form. The consent form has more detailed information about the study. You can ask us as many questions as you want before deciding whether to participate. Once you have decided to participate, we will ask you to sign the consent form electronically (it’s a simple process). When we receive the consent form, we will send you a link to the survey, which you can complete on any device that has access to the internet.

Participation is completely voluntary. No names or identities will be used in any published reports of the research and your identifying information will be kept separate from your responses to the survey.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the research study or the research team, please email research@otteroo.com.