Ex-Prematurity

Ex-Prematurity and Developmental Follow Up

  • The term ‘Premature’ or ‘Preterm’ is used for children born at < 37 weeks of pregnancy
  • Children born premature are at higher risk of having problems with their development, learning, behaviour and social aspects
  • The more premature the baby is, the higher the risk
  • Prematurity contributes to approximately 50% of all disabilities in childhood
  • Ex-premature babies are at higher risk of having ADD/ADHD, ASD, Cerebral Palsy, Dyspraxia, Speech and Language Delay, Learning Disability, Special Educational Needs
  • Seek help if your child is not meeting their developmental milestones
  • All preterm children need developmental follow ups at regular intervals
  • Problems from prematurity can affect learning, activity, employment and life outcomes
  • Enhanced Developmental Support and Surveillance (EDSS), as recommended by NICE
  • Hassle-free and easy to book appointments
  • No waiting list to worry about. Book a date that is convenient to you
  • Comprehensive and evidence-based developmental assessments
  • Detailed diagnostic report that can help you in getting the right help, support and services
  • Early intervention means better outcomes for your child
  • I review all reports/records e.g. neonatal unit summary, health visitor, nursery or school
  • Discuss concerns about your child’s development
  • Screen for developmental problems and disorders e.g. ASQ, SDQ, SCQ
  • Carefully evaluate and review any developmental concerns
  • Neurodevelopmental assessment through play-based tests
  • Carry out full physical examination including neurology, to rule out medical problem
  • Measure length or height, weight and head circumference
  • Consider further investigation where required
  • Review information from above assessments/test tools
  • Build a picture of your child’s strengths, weaknesses and needs
  • Provide you with a clear diagnostic report detailing developmental profile of your child
  • Offer you information about local and national sources of support and information
  • Give you specific behavioural, educational and environmental strategies, as required
  • Advice regarding review by other professionals e.g. OT where required
  • Advice regarding further tests where required
  • You could use medical report e.g. to gain extra support at school, claim allowances/benefits
  • You will feel empowered to enable your child from this holistic assessment and action plan
  • Present you with an option for follow-up/surveillance