ERIC Number: ED429377
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Aug
Longitudinal Behavioral Change in Infants with Neuromotor Disabilities.
Schuster, Joneen; Shepherd, Kristen; Reuter, Jeanette
This study examined behavioral development during the first year of life of 41 infants diagnosed with cerebral palsy, hypotonia, or hypertonia. The KID Scale, an empirically normed, caregiver-report inventory which covers behavior in five domains (cognitive, motor, language, self help, and social) was administered at about 5, 9, and 12 months corrected gestational age. Results indicated that motor domain scores were significantly lower than language, self help, and social domain scores whereas cognitive scores were similar to motor scores. It also found that neuromotor diagnostic classification was a significant predictor of longitudinal growth trajectory during the first year. Overall, the infants in the study developed at a significantly slower rate than comparison premature infants (N=14) with no medical complications. However, the growth rate of infants with hypotonia did not differ significantly from the premature control infants. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (106th, San Francisco, CA, August 14-18, 1998).