WCAIMH Talk: September 19, 2017 – Outcomes of Children Born Very Prematurely: How Can We Help?

PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT IS A TUESDAY AND NOT OUR REGULAR THURSDAY MEETING

SPEAKER: Dr. Julie Petrie is a Developmental Clinical Consultant in the Psychology Department at BC’s Children’s & Women’s Hospitals. In the Neonatal Follow-up Program, she provides psychological assessment and consultation to families of ‘high-risk’ children recruited at birth from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Julie also participates in research follow-up studies. She is particularly interested in the early detection of markers of brain integrity. In children born very prematurely, she has found infant focused attention is related to developing cognition and executive functions. Julie is also interested in how parent stress and parent-child interactions affect children’s neuro-development.

TOPIC: > Julie will present an overview of the common cognitive, learning and behavioural outcomes of children born very prematurely. She will provide an overview of the brain mechanisms as well as the behavioral and physical developments that underlie these outcomes. This will be followed by a group discussion about the potential for parent-child factors and early interventions to change the developmental trajectories of these children.