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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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Abstract

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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