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Enhancing prehension in infants and children: fostering neuromotor strategies.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15269001     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Learning to reach for and manipulate objects requires considerable neuromotor control and flexibility. Through environmental and object exploration individual neuromotor strategies expand, and prehensile skills improve, as infants and children overcome constraints. Infants and children with prehensile deficits often have difficulty exploring objects and the environment, thus, may not sufficiently develop the strategies needed to expand their prehensile skills. This article reviews neuromotor factors that influence prehension development, discusses limitations to prehensile function and provides guidelines that can be used to examine and enhance prehensile behaviors in infants and young children based on a task-oriented approach addressing impairments, motor strategies and function.
Susan V Duff; Jeanne Charles
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Physical & occupational therapy in pediatrics     Volume:  24     ISSN:  0194-2638     ISO Abbreviation:  Phys Occup Ther Pediatr     Publication Date:  2004  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-07-22     Completed Date:  2004-12-02     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8109120     Medline TA:  Phys Occup Ther Pediatr     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  129-72     Citation Subset:  IM    
Clinical Research Department, Shriners Hospitals for Children, 3551 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19140, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Physiological
Cerebral Palsy / physiopathology
Cognition Disorders / complications
Developmental Disabilities / complications,  etiology,  physiopathology*
Environment, Controlled*
Hand / physiopathology*
Learning Disorders / complications
Musculoskeletal Diseases / complications
Vision Disorders / complications

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