ERIC Number: EJ803480
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
Understanding the Dynamics between Preterm Infants and Their Families
Chesney, Anna R.; Champion, Patricia R.
Support for Learning, v23 n3 p144-151 Aug 2008
The high-tech environment of the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) may seem a million miles away from the classroom, but the baby who has been born prematurely, wired up in an incubator in the former, will in five years' time be a learner in the other. The journeys through our education system of children who have survived premature birth to become learners are causing teachers, psychologists, therapists and carers to explore innovative learning pathways, new psychological and therapeutic interventions, and creative care approaches to meet their needs. While much is known about the serious physical and sensory problems of preterm babies, less is known about their psychological, educational and socio-emotional difficulties. This article attempts to identify key targets for holistic intervention with families of premature infants. An approach used at the Champion Early Intervention Centre (Burwood Hospital, Christchurch, New Zealand) is described, from which practitioners of school-aged children can draw teaching and learning implications.
Descriptors: Early Intervention, Premature Infants, Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Family Environment, Family Relationship, Psychological Patterns, Student Needs, Social Development, Emotional Development, Intervention, Family Programs
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand