Infant Stimulation: Modification of an Intervention Based on Physiologic and Behavioral Cues

Authors

  • KRISTEN BURNS RN, MS,

    1. Kristen Burns was a senior research specialist, College of Nursing, Department of Maternal-Child Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago when this article was accepted for publication.
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  • NANCY CUNNINGHAM RNC, MS, PNP,

    1. Nancy Cunningham was a senior research specialist, College of Nursing, Department of Maternal-Child Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago when this article was accepted for publication.
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  • ROSEMARY WHITE-TRAUT RN, DNSC,

    Corresponding author
    1. Rosemary While-Traut is an associate professor and research assistant professor, Institute for the Study of Developmental Disabilities, College of Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago.
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  • JEAN SILVESTRI MD,

    1. Jean Silvestri is an assistant professor, Department of Pediatric Medicine, Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, Chicago, IL.
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  • MICHAEL N. NELSON PHD

    1. Michael N. Nelson is an associate professor, Department of Pediatric Medicine, Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, chicago, IL.
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Address for correspondence: Rosemary White-Traut, RN, DNSc, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing, 845 South Damen, Chicago, IL 60612.

Abstract

Research involving developmental intervention with premature infants in the hospital has traditionally taken two paths: application of a sensory stimulation protocol and individualized assessment and treatment. This article describes a new method that combines some of the philosophical strengths of these two approaches. A decision tree is presented to standardize the modifications of a developmental intervention based on physiologic and behavioral cues.

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