Language Development in Preterm Infants and Children

Alessandra Sansavini & Annalisa Guarini

In: Encyclopedia of Language Development

Language Development in Preterm Infants and Children

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  • The impact of preterm birth, occurring before 37 weeks of gestational age (GA), on language development has recently become a focus of interest. Thanks to medical advances, the survival rate in the preterm population has increased in the last 15 years, raising questions about the developmental sequelae of this event concerning 5 to 9 percent of newborns in Europe and Oceania and 10 to 12 percent in the American and African continents. Most of them are late preterm (60 percent, 34 to 36 weeks of GA); or moderately preterm (20 percent, 32 to 33 weeks of GA), fewer, but more severely affected, are very preterm (15 percent, 28 to 31 weeks of GA) or extremely preterm (5 percent, less than 28 weeks of GA).

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