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"Womb" Literacy: Reading to Infants in the NICU

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PROMOTING LITERACY IS NOT generally one of the top priorities in the care of high-risk infants in the NICU. Basic survival and tending to medical needs are obviously the most pressing concerns. However, we know from various studies that high-risk infants are at greater risk for less-than-optimal cognitive outcomes.1–3 For example, preterm infants are at greater risk than term infants for lower overall IQ scores, repeating a grade, and failing to graduate from high school.1,2 Interventions to improve the academic achievement of children are most effective when begun in the preschool years.4

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2004

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