Preterm Infants Behavior Paper

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The Assessment of Preterm Infants' Behavior (APIB) - This assessment focuses on the developing behavioral organization in response to increasing sensory and environmental stimuli (Fleming-Castaldy, 2014) The APIB is based in ethological evolutionary thought and focuses on the assessment of mutually interacting behavioral subsystems in simultaneous interaction with the environment. The factors of functioning assessed include the autonomic, which include respiration, digestion, color. Also accessed is the state organization including range, robustness, transition patterns. Motor function include tone, movement, postures. Self-regulation including effort, success is accessed. Attention with the factors of robustness, transitions and the degree of facilitation required to support reorganization and subsystem balance (H,2005).

The NICU Network Neurobehavioral Scale (NNNS)- Establish for the at risk infant is the assessment referred to as NNNS. The popular cause for the at-risk infants are insults during prenatal development. These are infants who are at increased risk for poor developmental outcome because of substance exposure, and prematurity. Additional common causes are poverty, poor nutrition or lack of prenatal care that can have
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This assessent provides a systematic review and reliable neuromotor examination of infants (Asher, 2007). The information gathered would include primitive reflexes, muscle tone, and posture (Asher, 2007). The assessment will provide information about normal vs abnormal infants and the prediction for follow-up treatment (Asher, 2007). The assessment is interpreted by using the score sheet yield scores and total scores and total score (Asher, 2007) The degree of abnormal vs normal is based on the total score for the infants correct gestational age (Asher, 2007). The occupational therapist will note any categories of abnormalities if present (Asher,