Premature Children?... Early Intervention!
Because they were born before normal gestation time, these babies are subject to a set of neurological complications, among others (heart, kidney, and respiratory problems).
Babies born prematurely (before 37 weeks of pregnancy) may have neurological vulnerabilities that must be assessed from birth.
In this article, I will deal with issues related to motor and cognitive challenges (that is, motor skills related to physical body skills and also attention, memory, and executive functioning skills).
As children grow up they may show a widening gap between the level of cognitive functioning compared to the performance of other children of the same age.
This does not necessarily mean that cognitive skills are decreasing. It may reveal that these children are not showing adequate adjustment and integration to their circumstances or that they are not developing as quickly as other children.
In general, children manifest difficulties starting at school age because it is when families begin to see difficulties that were previously subtle. It is also when children reveal themselves difficulties as real ones.
Early neuropsychological intervention is, therefore, very useful in the case of babies and children who were born prematurely because the sooner the neuromotor and neuro-cognitive work begins, the more deeply we will reach the greatest possible level of development with the interventional child.
My work includes participating in programs to help child development, parental psycho-education, parental and family counseling & psychotherapy, (outpatientn or homecare).
Although interventions may not completely prevent cognitive and motor difficulties in some more complex cases, they can help to improve the overall outcome.
In cases of this nature, the purpose is to transform these 'special children' into autonomous and independent persons.