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Fisioterapia e Pesquisa

versão impressa ISSN 1809-2950

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FORMIGA, Cibelle Kayenne Martins Roberto; CEZAR, Maristella Elias Nascimento  e  LINHARES, Maria Beatriz Martins. Longitudinal assessment of motor development and sitting skill in preterm infants. Fisioter. Pesqui. [online]. 2010, vol.17, n.2, pp.102-107. ISSN 1809-2950.  https://doi.org/10.1590/S1809-29502010000200002.

Preterm-born infants present higher risks of delayed neuromotor development. This study aimed at detecting delayed motor development in preterm, low-birthweight infants, by analysing development of the sitting skill in association to other motor development acquisitions until corrected age (CA) of 8 months. Ten preterm infants of both sexes were assessed by the AIMS - Alberta Infant Motor Scale from ages 4 to 8 months. Each child was evaluated three times, at 4-to-5 months, 5-to-6 months, and at 7-to-8 months CA; their scores were compared to verify changes over time and identify possible delays in motor development. Results show that at the age of 7-to-8 months, 30% of the children had delayed motor development and were referred for physical therapy treatment. The pace of sitting skill development increased gradually and significantly along the age; and strong correlations were found between the ability to sit and other motor development postures, and the total AIMS score.

Palavras-chave : Child development; Infant, premature; Movement.

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