PSYCHOMOTOR DEVELOPMENT IN PREMATURE INFANTS UNTIL THE END OF THEIR THIRD YEAR OF LIFE

DUKOVSKA, Valentina and JUZEVSKI, Zhivko (2009) PSYCHOMOTOR DEVELOPMENT IN PREMATURE INFANTS UNTIL THE END OF THEIR THIRD YEAR OF LIFE. Journal of Special Education and Rehabilitation, 10 (1-2). pp. 33-47. ISSN 1409-6099

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Abstract

Psychomotor development in premature infants has specific characteristics with increased tendency towards neuro-developmental difficulties, such as the fact that certain percent of the developmentally challenged people belongs in this category of children. Many factors contribute to the neuro-developmental difficulties in premature infants. A large number of studies have shown that the birth weight (BW) and gestational age (GA) have strong correlation with the neuro-developmental outcome. In order to establish the general developmental outcome and the developmental outcome in specific areas of early development, that is the first three years of life in preemies, we have conducted a research on our own population. We conducted a longitudinal study on 20 premature newborns with very low birth weight (VLBW), with a follow-up period from 4 weeks CGA until 36 weeks GA. The research results showed that the largest difference in developmental areas between the group of premature infants with VLBW and the control group is present at the end of the 36th month of life and the general development quotient (GDQ) in the premature group was significantly lower during the whole follow-up period, except at the end of month 4 - in different developmental areas. We also concluded that 20% of the premature infants with VLBW have developmental difficulties and severe difficulties in their motor development.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Depositing User: Prof. Dr. Vladimir Trajkovski
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2015 19:38
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2015 19:38
URI: http://eprints.jser.fon.edu.mk/id/eprint/143

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