EFFECTS OF ACCESS TO A STIMULATING OBJECT ON INFANT BEHAVIOR DURING TUMMY TIME

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Correspondence should be addressed to Heather Kadey, FBA Clinic, SUNY Upstate Medical University, 750 E. Adams St. TU3, Syracuse, New York 13210 (e-mail: kadeyh@upstate.edu).

Abstract

Placing infants in a prone position for “tummy time” often is recommended to ensure appropriate infant development and to combat the effects associated with infants spending extended periods of time in a supine position. However, tummy time may be associated with inappropriate infant behavior such as crying and noncompliance. We provided continuous access to a preferred stimulus to decrease negative vocalizations and to increase the duration of an infant's head being elevated during tummy time.

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