In Its Infancy

A look at the Wisconsin-made baby simulators now being used at Milwaukee Public Schools to teach a lesson on shaken baby syndrome.

Wisconsin state law requires that every school in the state teach a lesson on shaken baby syndrome to students in middle school and high school. Six years ago, Milwaukee Public Schools decided it would augment these units with RealCare Baby Infant Simulators designed to model the syndrome’s brain-damaging effects. The simulated cortex lights up where the young tissue would be damaged, offering a striking lesson for future parents or baby sitters.

Photo by Adam Ryan Morris.
Photo by Adam Ryan Morris.

‘In Its Infancy’ appears in the September 2015 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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Matt has written for Milwaukee Magazine since 2006, when he was a lowly intern. Since then, he’s held the posts of assistant news editor and, most recently, senior editor. He’s lived in South Carolina, Tennessee, Connecticut, Iowa, and Indiana but mostly in Wisconsin. He wants to do more fishing but has a hard time finding worms. For the magazine, Matt has written about city government, schools, religion, coffee roasters and Congress.