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Dev Sci. 2016 Sep;19(5):790-802. doi: 10.1111/desc.12326. Epub 2015 Nov 8.

Relation of infant motor development with nonverbal intelligence, language comprehension and neuropsychological functioning in childhood: a population-based study.

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1
The Generation R Study Group, Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
2
Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Erasmus Medical Center-Sophia Children's Hospital Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
3
Department of Educational Neuroscience, VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
4
Department of Radiology, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
5
Department of Epidemiology, Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
6
Department of Pediatrics, Erasmus Medical Center-Sophia Children's Hospital Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
7
Department of Psychiatry, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Abstract

Within a population-based study of 3356 children, we investigated whether infant neuromotor development was associated with cognition in early childhood. Neuromotor development was examined with an adapted version of Touwen's Neurodevelopmental Examination between 9 and 20 weeks. Parents rated their children's executive functioning at 4 years. At age 6 years, children performed intelligence and language comprehension tests, using Dutch test batteries. At age 6-9 years, neuropsychological functioning was assessed in 486 children using the validated NEPSY-II-NL test battery. We showed that less optimal neurodevelopment in infancy may predict poor mental rotation, immediate memory, shifting, and planning; but not nonverbal intelligence or language comprehension.

PMID:
26549804
DOI:
10.1111/desc.12326
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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