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Development of Premature Baby

Premature babies, or preterm infants, are born before the 37th week of gestation rather than staying the full 40 weeks of gestation in the womb. Premature babies may have less-developed organs and systems, which can spark problems with breathing, eating or maintaining a healthy body. The earlier the premature baby is born, the greater the chance of his having developmental issues and health problems.

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Social & Emotional Development in Preschoolers

Preschoolers are a whirlwind of energy and imagination. One minute she can impress you with her cooperative behavior only to frustrate you the next by having a meltdown at the mall. The social and emotional development of 3- and 4-year-olds transitioning from toddlers into school-age children is as important as her cognitive and physical development. According to a survey of kindergarten teachers by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the most important factors in school readiness are health, communication skills, enthusiasm/curiosity, turn-taking and attention span. The National Scientific Council on the Developing Child states that the core features of emotional development include the ability to identify and express his own feelings properly as well as empathize with others. The tendency for parents and preschool teachers to push the basics (ABC’s, counting, shapes, colors) can sometimes cause socio-emotional skills to be overlooked.