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ERIC Number: EJ860626
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0194-2638
Supporting Early Development of Infants with Identified Positional Plagiocephaly
Nuysink, Jacqueline
Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, v29 n3 p236-238 Aug 2009
In this article, the author comments on an interesting study conducted by Kennedy and colleagues about the relationship between motor development, child rearing practices, and positional plagiocephaly (in recent literature also referred to as deformational plagiocephaly (DP) or nonsynostotic plagiocephaly). From the author's perspective, their main message is that prone-to-play time in most of the 3- to 8-month-old infants, both with and without DP, is limited in favor of more time in supported sitting, and is slightly correlated to the level of motor development. In both the groups, they also found a low average motor score, which was not significantly different between the groups. In the author's opinion, their careful analysis and conclusions highlight the chicken or the egg discussion about motor development and asymmetry in infancy. She thinks it is necessary to consider that adjustment in normative scores of early milestones might be needed due to changing habits in child rearing practices. She contends that if child rearing practices are important considerations in both reducing DP and enhancing motor development, then the focus of intervention should be in making parents aware of and confident in their role in supporting their infants' early development.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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