Early communicative behaviors and their relationship to motor skills in extremely preterm infants.

@article{Benassi2016EarlyCB,
  title={Early communicative behaviors and their relationship to motor skills in extremely preterm infants.},
  author={Erika Benassi and Serenella Savini and Jana M. Iverson and Annalisa Guarini and Maria Cristina Caselli and Rosina Alessandroni and Giacomo Faldella and Alessandra Sansavini},
  journal={Research in developmental disabilities},
  year={2016},
  volume={48},
  pages={
          132-44
        }
}
Despite the predictive value of early spontaneous communication for identifying risk for later language concerns, very little research has focused on these behaviors in extremely low-gestational-age infants (ELGA<28 weeks) or on their relationship with motor development. In this study, communicative behaviors (gestures, vocal utterances and their coordination) were evaluated during mother-infant play interactions in 20 ELGA infants and 20 full-term infants (FT) at 12 months (corrected age for… CONTINUE READING
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