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Research Article  |   June 1994
Neurobehavioral Assessment of High-Risk Infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Author Affiliations
  • Margaret Q. Miller, OTR/L, is a Pediatric Clinical Specialist, Sacred Heart Medical Center, 101 West 8th Avenue, PO Box 2555, Spokane, Washington 99220-2555
  • Mary Quinn-Hurst, OTR/L, is an Occupational Therapist, North-west Neonatology Associates, Spokane, Washington; and Consultant, Intensive Care Nursery, Deaconess Medical Center, Spokane, Washington
Article Information
Pediatric Evaluation and Intervention / Special Issue on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Research Article   |   June 1994
Neurobehavioral Assessment of High-Risk Infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, June 1994, Vol. 48, 506-513. doi:10.5014/ajot.48.6.506
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, June 1994, Vol. 48, 506-513. doi:10.5014/ajot.48.6.506
Abstract

Neurobehavioral organization describes infants’ abilities to organize themselves within their central nervous system maturation and environment. As part of infants’ environment, caregivers can structure the environment to support infants’ development. Care of the high-risk infant emphasizes support of infants’ emerging neurobehavioral organization. This article describes the theoretical rationale of neurobehavioral organization, effect on the infant and family, and assessments available to the neonatal occupational therapist for use with high-risk infants. Information gained via neurobehavioral assessment can be used to engage parents in better understanding their infant’s behaviors and interact at a level appropriate with their infant.