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Clin Perinatol. 1998 Sep;25(3):613-26, ix.

Intervention programs for premature infants. How and do they affect development?

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Department of Psychology, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel.


Over the past 30 years, a variety of intervention programs for the enhancement of the neurodevelopmental status of premature infants have been implemented with confusing outcomes. In addition, diametrically different forms of therapy that rest on contrasting theories have led, paradoxically, to similar results. This article systematically examines and analyses the various modes of therapy and their underlying theoretical mechanisms. Skin-to-skin contact (kangaroo care) is suggested as the intervention that most logically meshes the premature infant's need to develop state regulation while facilitating sequential sensory development and promoting mother-infant attachment.

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