Empathy and attention come into focus for preterm kids

  • Empathy and attention skills less developed in preterm kids
  • Cartoon characters used to gauge kids understanding of social conventions
  • Research turns to working memory and response times

LOCAL research has confirmed children born extremely prematurely or ‘preterm’ have a less developed sense of empathy and poorer attention skills than typically developing children but the work has failed to determine if there is link between the two. 

It is common for preterm children to have delays in speech and language development, attention and motor skills, UWA clinical psychologist and lead author Dr Catherine Campbell says.

by  Teresa Belcher