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Predictability of Visual Motor Task

Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology published research on visual motor deficits in very preterm children.  There were 58 very preterm children (average age 7 yr 6 months and average gestational age 29.2 weeks) and 64 age matched full term children in the study.  The participants IQ was measured and a diagnosis of developmental coordination disorder […]

Limited Functional Capacity in Very Low Birth Weight Premature Children

A cross sectional study was performed comparing 6-9 year old children born before 37 weeks gestation weighing less than 1500 grams and children born full term.  Each group of children participated in the 6 minute walk test and the 10 minute shuttle walk test.  The results indicated the following: the premature children walked shorter distances […]

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The Mozart Effect on Weight Gain in Preterm Infants

The most recent issue of Pediatrics reports on 20 healthy preterm infants that were exposed to a 30 minute period of Mozart music for 2 consecutive days. The resting energy expenditure of the infants was significantly lower during the 10 to 30 minute period of listening to the music. There was no difference in resting […]

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Moderately Preterm Babies, EI Services and School Age Function

Pediatrics reports in the current issue that children who were born at 32-36 weeks gestational age are at greater risk for special education services than full term children at 8 years of age. Of the 377 children studied who were moderately preterm (with no NICU care or congenital malformations), the special education rate was 7.2% […]