Research Article  |   December 2017
Investigation of the Relationship Between Sensory Processing and Motor Development in Preterm Infants
Author Affiliations
  • Halil Ibrahim Celik, MSc, PT, is PhD Candidate, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey; fizyoterapist70@gmail.com
  • Bulent Elbasan, PhD, PT, is Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey
  • Kivilcim Gucuyener, MD, is Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Section of Pediatric Neurology, Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey
  • Hulya Kayihan, PhD, PT, is Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Occupational Therapy, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey
  • Meral Huri, PhD, PT, is Lecturer, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Occupational Therapy, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey
Article Information
Pediatric Evaluation and Intervention / Sensory Integration and Processing / Special Section: Research Articles
Research Article   |   December 2017
Investigation of the Relationship Between Sensory Processing and Motor Development in Preterm Infants
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, December 2017, Vol. 72, 7201195020p1-7201195020p7. doi:10.5014/ajot.2018.026260
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, December 2017, Vol. 72, 7201195020p1-7201195020p7. doi:10.5014/ajot.2018.026260
Abstract

OBJECTIVE. The aim of this study was to analyze the correlation between sensory processing and motor development in preterm infants.

METHOD. We included 30 preterm and 30 term infants with corrected and chronological ages between 10 and 12 mo. We used the Test of Sensory Functions in Infants to evaluate sensory processing and the Alberta Infant Motor Scale to evaluate motor development.

RESULTS. The Spearman correlation test indicated a strong positive relationship between sensory processing and motor development in preterm infants (r = .63, p < .001).

CONCLUSION. Given the relationship between sensory processing and motor development in the preterm group, the evaluation of sensory processing and motor development in preterm infants was considered necessary for the effective implementation of physiotherapy assessment and interventions.