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Research Article  |   January 1986
Sensory Intervention With the Preterm Infant in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Author Affiliations
  • Jill Anderson, MS, OTR, is Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy Program, Downstate Medical Center, State University of New York, Brooklyn, NY 11203
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Pediatric Evaluation and Intervention / Features
Research Article   |   January 1986
Sensory Intervention With the Preterm Infant in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January 1986, Vol. 40, 19-26. doi:10.5014/ajot.40.1.19
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January 1986, Vol. 40, 19-26. doi:10.5014/ajot.40.1.19
Abstract

Sensory intervention, one aspect in the occupational therapy treatment of the high-risk, preterm infant in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), is discussed. Normal deviations in the healthy preterm baby’s development at the equivalent age of the full-term baby are identified as a basis for intervention. Environmental factors affecting the preterm infant’s interactions and therapeutic needs, such as the NICU environment and medical intervention, are reviewed. The rationale underlying the selection of sensory evaluation and treatment approaches is based on recent research. These approaches primarily focus on visual, tactile, proprioceptive, vestibular, and, to a lesser degree, auditory stimulation.