Supporting Development of Infants Born Preterm: Do Our Policies Match the Needs?


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Archived Recording
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Wednesday, January 15, 2014- Wednesday, January 15, 2014
2:00pm EST - 3:00pm EST


This webinar started with a review of developmental outcomes for infants born preterm.  The importance of early detection and intervention will be discussed and compared with Early Intervention policies.  Participants were challenged to consider if our current policies meet the needs of infants born preterm in light of recent advances in research. 


This webinar is one of a series of webinars developed by LEND and UCEDD programs within the Southeast Regional Consortium.  The objectives of this webinar were:

  • List 3 factors which are associated with developmental delay in infants born preterm
  • Discuss the challenges of early detection of disabilities
  • List 2 strengths and 2 challenges of current early intervention policy which impact infants born preterm
  • Describe possible interventions based on early efficacy which may enhance early intervention
  • Compare and contrast policy and science as it impacts development of infants born preterm.


Dr. Stacey Dusing is an associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Virginia Commonwealth University where she directs the Motor Development Laboratory.  Her research focuses on postural control, reaching development and interventions to advance development in infants with or at high risk of having developmental disabilities.  Dr. Dusing is a core faculty member in the Virginia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (Va-LEND) program. Dr. Dusing received her PT degree from Daemen College in Buffalo NY.  She earned her MS and PhD in Human Movement Science at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed a K12 Career Development Award at the University of Delaware.