The SDPrem Study
The SDPrem study is investigating characteristics and moderators of sensory modulation in preterm infants, in the first year of life. Sensory modulation occurs when our central nervous system takes in and responds to sensory information from our environment. Children can over-respond (e.g. covering ears to a loud, unexpected sound) and under-respond (e.g. not showing a reaction to pain) to many different types of sensory information. Previous studies have identified that babies and infants born early can respond differently to certain sensory experiences (e.g. being aversive to certain touch or sounds) compared to other children their age. Research has also found that there is a higher risk of developmental delay in infants born preterm. However, there is a lack of robust research in this area. This study aims to understand any differences between the sensory modulation of preterm and full term infants, and whether these differ based upon experiences such as admission to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in the first year of life.
Who can participate?
- Infants born at John Hunter Children’s Hospital who were admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at birth, and are aged between 10 and 14 months, at the time of testing.
- Infants who were born at the John Hunter Children’s Hospital who were not admitted to the NICU at birth, and are aged between 10 and 14 months, at the time of testing