Friday, October 12, 2007

Preemies & The Things I Want Most

Below is some information that I found,about preemies, Jessica was born at 33 1/3 weeks, and only 3 pounds 4 ounces... so a good portion of these things apply to her.
Jessica has an overwhelming desire to absorb facts, so her vocabulary is AWESOME!

  • Learning Problems
    How common are learning problems in former preemies?Learning deficits or learning disabilities at school age occur in about 10% of children born at term. They are more common in former preemies; the smaller and sicker the preemie, the greater the risk. Up to 45% of infants weighing <3 1/4 lbs. at birth have one or more abnormalities on testing at school age. It is usually not possible to predict at the time of discharge or during early development who might develop these problems. Sequential evaluation over time is the best predictor. Knowing what problems might develop can make you alert to signs of difficulty. Early diagnosis enables early evaluation and intervention. On the other hand, being overly concerned and always questioning your child's development may be detrimental in itself. Problems which are normal at a younger age may be abnormal at a later time. If you have a question about your child's development or performance, talk to your child's doctor or teacher or have your child tested.
    What are the most common learning problems at school age?
  • Eye-Hand Coordination Problems
  • difficulty with copying pictures or words, especially if there are many objects in the picture
  • difficulty with puzzles
  • difficulty learning handwriting Language Problems
  • difficulty following directions, especially if there is more than one step
  • difficulty putting things in a logical order
  • poor vocabulary for age
  • difficulty learning to read
  • not understanding the meaning of sentences
  • inability to tell one sound from another
  • avoiding classroom participation
  • difficulty remembering words
  • Thinking Problems
  • poor memory
  • difficulty memorizing words, tables;
  • forgetting assignments
  • difficulty with spacial relationships such as size, distance
  • problems with sounds and their symbols
  • difficulty with abstract thinking
  • difficulty making decisions or making poor decisions
  • poor common sense
  • slow to grasp new concepts
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I also wanted to mention a REALLY great book I just finished reading,

The Things I want Most by Richard F. Miniter

It's a true story about a family who decided/were lead to become foster parents and the young man who came into their lives and hearts, it is very moving and well written. It will have you crying,and laughing, and thinking about how can I BE the Best parent!

It is in a word,(or two...) courageous and lovely!

1 comment:

Lego kid said...

My son was born at 28 weeks. He spent the first 2 months in the hospital, but still came home an entire month before his due date.

From the beginning, we had therapy sessions for just about everything. He didn't crawl until he was 15 month, didn't talk until he was 4, he had sensory issues, etc. etc. etc.

Then... at about age 6, he just kind of caught up, and came into his own. He is now 7. I think he's a super smart little kid. He wants to be a lego engineer when he grows up. You can see videos of him at this link: .

I'm very proud of him. I look at him now, and it's hard to believe he every weighed just 2 pounds.