Lookup NU author(s): Dr Anna Basu
This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a review that has been published in its final definitive form by Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 2019.
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© 2019 Mac Keith Press The purpose of this review is to present a new framework, EI SMART (early intervention: sensorimotor development, attention and regulation, relationships, and therapist support) for identifying key components that could contribute to more effective interventions for infants at high risk of atypical neurodevelopmental outcome. We present a clinical consensus of current challenges and themes in early intervention, based on multidisciplinary group discussions, including parents of high-risk infants, supported by a literature review. Components to include in early intervention programmes are: (1) promotion of self-initiated, developmentally appropriate motor activity; (2) supporting infant self-regulation and the development of positive parent-infant relationships; and (3) promotion of early communication skills, parent coaching, responsive parenting, and supporting parental mental well-being. Such multimodal programmes may need to be evaluated as a package. What this paper adds: Early intervention programmes should address sensorimotor development, attention, self-regulation, and early communication skills. Therapist input to the programme should include parent coaching and support for parental mental well-being.
Author(s): Hutchon B, Gibbs D, Harniess P, Jary S, Crossley S-L, Moffat JV, Basu N, Basu AP
Publication type: Review
Publication status: Published
Journal: Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
Pages: Epub ahead of print
Online publication date: 04/03/2019
Acceptance date: 04/01/2019
ISSN (print): 0012-1622
ISSN (electronic): 1469-8749
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd