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Research Article  |   February 1997
Prenatal Cocaine Exposure and Mother–Infant Interaction: Implications for Occupational Therapy Intervention
Author Affiliations
  • Heather Miller, MS, OTR/L, is Staff Therapist—Preschool Programs, Madison County Educational Service Center, Main Street, London, Ohio 43140, and Author/Publisher, OT/PT Update, a newsletter for pediatric therapists
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Pediatric Evaluation and Intervention / Practice
Research Article   |   February 1997
Prenatal Cocaine Exposure and Mother–Infant Interaction: Implications for Occupational Therapy Intervention
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, February 1997, Vol. 51, 119-131. doi:10.5014/ajot.51.2.119
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, February 1997, Vol. 51, 119-131. doi:10.5014/ajot.51.2.119
Abstract

The literature from multiple disciplines on in utero cocaine exposure and mother–infant interaction and attachment was examined for possible relationships and implications for occupational therapists. Maternal cocaine use and neurobehavioral deficits in neonates prenatally exposed to cocaine may result in interactional difficulties between mother and infant. Knowledge of child development, sensory regulation, and infant cues will enable therapists to assist the mother in creating positive interactive experiences between herself and her child.