ReadyStepGrow Responding to Research about Preterm Children's Learning Needs
How fantastic to see The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons come together in Scotland to address Educational and Neurodevelopmental Needs of Children Born Preterm.
Reading the accompanying article ignites the same passion in me so many articles that have come before it do. The article's second sentence states "Paediatricians' research has shown premature babies are more likely to have difficulties at school but few teachers are aware of this."
Well this teacher is aware of this! And this is why I have been actively putting together an organisation to specifically address the issues for preterm children and their families.
Our world first organisation, called ReadyStepGrow, propose the simplest thing to do is to educate parents to act early. This is a different viewpoint to "The simplest thing to do is to put a child's gestation on their school entry form," by Dr Matta.
With allied health professional follow-up, differences in preterm children can be identified prior to their starting school. Many of these differences can be overcome but the key is to act early. The window of opportunity is whilst the young brain is still in its peak phase of growth and neuroscience tells us, this is within the first 4 years of life. And, this is before school no mater what state or country you find yourself.
With this knowledge, comes a responsibility to help parents create enriched and supportive environments as early as possible. And this is exactly what ReadyStepGrow strives to do, empower parents of prems.
ReadyStepGrow helps parents give their prems the best start. Our programs respond to this type of research that shows prems are at increased risk in key areas of learning and development. Early intervention programs are where the biggest differences can be made and ReadyStepGrow proudly offers these programs. Not because early action will be the magic fix for every issue, but because we want don't want parents looking back saying if only we'd known.