Researchers have discovered a new screening tool that is able to screen infants and predict at-risk behavior at age four. The newborn exam, developed by a team led by Barry Lester, Ph.D., director of the Brown Center for the Study of Children at Risk at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, will be featured in the December 7 issue of Pediatrics. The exam, called the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) Network Neurobehavioral Scale (NNNS), was created to identify newborns who may have problems with school readiness and other at-risk behavior. This really opens up the possibility of psychologists providing early intervention to children as early as possible to help prevent these problems from occurring.
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