The association between the early motor repertoire and language development in term children born after normal pregnancy

Sahar Salavati, Christa Einspieler, Giulia Vagelli, Dajie Zhang, Jasmin Pansy, Johannes G.M. Burgerhof, Peter B. Marschik, Arend F. Bos

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Background The assessment of the early motor repertoire is a widely used method for assessing the infant's neurological status. Aim To determine the association between the early motor repertoire and language development. Study design Prospective cohort study. Subjects 22 term children born after normal pregnancy; video recorded for the assessment of the early motor repertoire including their motor optimality score (MOS), according to Prechtl, at 3 and 5 months post term. Outcome measures At 4 years 7 months and 10 years 5 months, we tested the children's language performance by administering three tests for expressive language and two for receptive language. Results Smooth and fluent movements at 3 months of age was associated with better expressive language outcome at both 4 years 7 months and 10 years 5 months (betas 0.363 and 0.628). A higher MOS at 5 months was associated with better expressive language at both ages (betas 0.486 and 0.628). The item postural patterns at 5 months was the only aspect associated with poorer expressive language outcome (beta −0.677). Conclusion Predominantly, qualitative aspects of the early motor repertoire at the age of 3 and 5 months are associated with language development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-35
Number of pages6
JournalEarly Human Development
Volume111
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

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Language Development
Language
Pregnancy
Language Tests
Child Language
Cohort Studies
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Prospective Studies

Keywords

  • Early motor repertoire
  • Expressive language
  • General movements
  • Healthy term-born children
  • Language development
  • Receptive language

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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The association between the early motor repertoire and language development in term children born after normal pregnancy. / Salavati, Sahar; Einspieler, Christa; Vagelli, Giulia; Zhang, Dajie; Pansy, Jasmin; Burgerhof, Johannes G.M.; Marschik, Peter B.; Bos, Arend F.

In: Early Human Development, Vol. 111, 01.08.2017, p. 30-35.

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Salavati, S, Einspieler, C, Vagelli, G, Zhang, D, Pansy, J, Burgerhof, JGM, Marschik, PB & Bos, AF 2017, 'The association between the early motor repertoire and language development in term children born after normal pregnancy', Early Human Development, vol. 111, pp. 30-35. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2017.05.006
Salavati, Sahar ; Einspieler, Christa ; Vagelli, Giulia ; Zhang, Dajie ; Pansy, Jasmin ; Burgerhof, Johannes G.M. ; Marschik, Peter B. ; Bos, Arend F. / The association between the early motor repertoire and language development in term children born after normal pregnancy. In: Early Human Development. 2017 ; Vol. 111. pp. 30-35.
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