Self-Regulation and Motor Development in Preterm Infants

  • Heidelise Als
Part of the Perspectives in Developmental Psychology book series (PDPS)


The preterm human infant is a product of mankind’s advances in neonatal medical technology and medicine. Today, many more preterms survive than ever before, and infants of 24 to 25 weeks’ gestation have extended the lower limit of extrauterine viability. Coincident with such medical advances is the necessity of equally vigorous advances in creating a nurturing extrauterine environment and support system in order to ameliorate the mismatch between the environment for which the preterm organism is biologically prepared and the highly demanding and stress-producing environment into which the preterm is thrust.


Preterm Infant Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Motor Development Control Infant Experimental Infant 
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  • Heidelise Als
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  1. 1.Harvard Medical School and The Children’s HospitalBostonUSA

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