Neurobehavioral Assessment of the Preterm Infant (NAPI)

Purposes

The NAPI is applicable to medically stable infants from 32 weeks post conceptional age to term. The primary purpose of this instrument is to measure the differential maturity of infant functioning. The NAPI can be used:

  1. For monitoring the developmental progress of individual infants
  2. To identify persistent lags in the development of specific functions
  3. To assess the effects of intervention studies, clinical trials or changes in medical care
  4. To generate normative data that describe the gradual unfolding of the behavioral repertoire of preterm infants as they grow to term
  5. To identify gross neurologic dysfunction
  6. To study basic questions about the development of preterm infants
  7. To study the stability of individual differences in developmentally changing preterm infants
  8. To study potential antecedents to later temperment
  9. To demonstrate to parents their infant's developmental progress over repeated examinations

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