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Pediatric Physical Therapy:
doi: 10.1097/PEP.0b013e3182888b86
Case Report

Intervention in the First Weeks of Life for Infants Born Late Preterm: A Case Series

Dusing, Stacey C. PT, PhD; Lobo, Michele A. PT, PhD; Lee, Hui-Min PT, PhD; Galloway, James Cole PT, PhD

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Infants born late preterm (34–36 weeks of gestation) account for 350 000 US births per year, are at risk for developmental delays, and are rarely included in intervention studies.

Purpose: To describe a novel parent-delivered movement intervention program for very young infants and outcomes following intervention and to evaluate the feasibility of using a comprehensive set of outcome measures.

Summary of Key Points: Two infants born late preterm received intervention from 0.5 to 2.0 months of adjusted age. Development, postural control, reaching, and object exploration assessments were completed at 3 time points. The intervention was well tolerated by the family. Improvements in developmental outcomes, postural control, and object exploration are presented.

Statement of Conclusion: Very early movement experience provided daily by parents may improve development. In combination, norm-referenced and behavioral measures appear sensitive to changes in infant behaviors.

© 2013 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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