Neurological Assessment in the First Two Years of Life: Instruments for the Follow-Up of High-Risk Newborns / Edition 1

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Clinics in Developmental Medicine No. 176

The book provides a review of the state of the art of neurological assessment in the first two years of life and identifies the most appropriate instruments for the follow-up of newborns who are at risk of developing neurological abnormalities.

After a brief description of the neurophysiological basis of development in the first years, the book provides a comprehensive review of the various methods used for the neurological assessment in young infants describing how a combined approach of clinical and instrumental investigations can provide important diagnostic and prognostic information.

The first part of the book describes the most used clinical neurological examinations and their applications in infants with neurological abnormalities, followed by a description of the value of neuroimaging and neurophysiological techniques in normal preterm and full term infants in the first two years and the main types of abnormal MR findings of neurophysiological findings (EEG and evoked potentials) in relation to brain lesions.
Other sections include chapters describing techniques assessing specific aspects of cognitive, perceptual and sensory abilities. Special attention is given to hearing, language and communication and to development of vision and visual attention both in normal infants and in those with neonatal brain lesions.

The final chapters are devoted to intervention, describing how the identification of specific profiles of impairment can lead to the development of appropriate plans of early intervention.

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Table of Contents

Introduction   Giovanni Cioni   Eugenio Mercuri     1
Neurophysiological Basis of Development   Janet Eyre     3
Neurological Assessment in Normal Young Infants   Eugenio Mercuri   Leena Haataja   Lilly Dubowitz     24
Classical Neurological Examination in Young Infants with Neonatal Brain Lesions   Eugenio Mercuri   Leena Haataja   Daniela Ricci   Frances Cowan   Lilly Dubowitz     38
Other Approaches to Neurological Assessment   Giovanni Cioni   Christa Einspieler   Paola Paolicelli     49
Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Infant Brain   Mary Rutherford   Eugenio Mercuri   Frances Cowan     69
Diagnostic and Prognostic Value of Electrophysiology   Enrico Biagioni   Andrea Guzzetta   Giovanni Cioni     95
Assessment of the Development of High-Risk Infants in the First Two Years   Samantha Johnson   Neil Marlow     120
Cognitive Development in the First Two Years of Life   Francesco Guzzetta   Chiara Veredice   Andrea Guzzetta     158
Hearing, Language and Communication   Anna Chilosi   Paola Cipriani   Sandra Maestro   Elisabetta Genovese     169
Development of Vision and Visual Attention   Anthony Norcia   Francesca Pei     198
Visual Function in Children with Neonatal Brain Lesions   Eugenio Mercuri   Andrea Guzzetta   Francesca Tinelli   Daniela Ricci   Giovanni Cioni     214
From Observation to Rehabilitation   Laura Zawacki   Suzann Campbell     230
Longitudinal Multi-Centre Follow-Up of High-Risk Neonates: Current Status and Future Prospects   Michael Msall     246
Index     267

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