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Understanding Neurodevelopmental Outcomes of Prematurity: Education Priorities for NICU Parents

Watson, Anne BS, PhD, BSN, RN

Section Editor(s): Forsythe, Paula L.

doi: 10.1097/ANC.0000000000000024
: The Long Road Home

NICU nurses have an important role to play in many aspects of parent education. This article stresses the need for an increased focus on teaching parents about the central role that self-regulation will play in their infant's neurobehavioral development not only during the early infancy period but throughout all of childhood and adolescence. Suggestions are made about how to conceptualize the relation between cognition and emotions in humans and how to help parents understand that continued vigilance concerning potential problems in attention and self-regulation will be necessary.

Critical Care Medicine, Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC.

Correspondence: Anne Watson, BS, PhD, BSN, RN, Children's National Medical Center Critical Care Medicine, 111 Michigan Ave. Washington, DC 10010-2970 (

The author declares no conflict of interest.

Reprinted with permission from Advances in Neonatal Care 2010;10(4):188–193.

© 2013 by The National Association of Neonatal Nurses