Relationship between postural control and fine motor skills in preterm infants at 6 and 12 months adjusted age

Tien Ni Wang, Tsu Hsin Howe, Jim Hinojosa, Sharon L. Weinberg

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Abstract

We examined the relationship between postural control and fine motor skills of preterm infants at 6 and 12 mo adjusted age. The Alberta Infant Motor Scale was used to measure postural control, and the Peabody Developmental Motor Scales II was used to measure fine motor skills. The data analyzed were taken from 105 medical records from a preterm infant follow-up clinic at an urban academic medical center in south Taiwan. Using multiple regression analyses, we found that the development of postural control is related to the development of fine motor skills, especially in the group of preterm infants with delayed postural control. This finding supports the theoretical assumption of proximal-distal development used by many occupational therapists to guide intervention. Further research is suggested to corroborate findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)695-701
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Occupational Therapy
Volume65
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2011

Keywords

  • Child development
  • Infant
  • Premature infants
  • fine motor skills
  • Postural balance
  • postural control
  • Peabody Developmental Motor Scales
  • pediatric development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Occupational Therapy

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