Did you know a research study found 46% of preterm infants demonstrated atypical sensory processing patterns at 4 years of age? 


In the 2016 study by Crozier and colleagues, entitled Sensory Processing Patterns in Children Born Very Preterm, researches worked to determine the frequency and type of sensory processing differences in infants born preterm, as well as the neonatal risk factors for these difference. Researchers found 46% of the 160, 4 year olds studied demonstrated atypical sensory processing patterns. Predictors of these sensory processing patterns included low Apgar scores and longer length of stay.

Neonatal massage is a great way to facilitate a parasympathetic nervous system response, improve sensory processing and neurodevelopmental outcomes, as well as decrease length of stay! Learn more about neonatal massage and how Creative Therapy Consultants can help here



Crozier, S., Goodson, J., Mackay, M., Synnes, A., Grunau, R., Miller, S., Zwicker, J. (2016). Sensory processing patterns in children born very preterm. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 70 (1), 1-7.