Infant stimulation: modification of an intervention based on physiologic and behavioral cues

J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 1994 Sep;23(7):581-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.1994.tb01924.x.


Research involving developmental intervention with premature infants in the hospital has traditionally taken two paths: application of a sensory stimulation protocol and individualized assessment and treatment. This article describes a new method that combines some of the philosophical strengths of these two approaches. A decision tree is presented to standardize the modifications of a developmental intervention based on physiologic and behavioral cues.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Protocols
  • Cues
  • Decision Trees
  • Heart Rate / physiology
  • Humans
  • Infant Behavior / physiology
  • Infant Care
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant, Premature / physiology*
  • Infant, Premature / psychology
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Physical Stimulation / methods*
  • Respiration / physiology