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2. Areas that may need support

The previous sections of this resource presented information about the kinds of difficulties some children may have because they were born preterm.

Here’s a reminder:
Inattention Difficulty staying mentally focused
Working memory difficulties Difficulties holding and processing information in mind
Slow processing speed Taking longer than other children to perform mental tasks
Poor hand-eye coordination Problems coordinating visual information with movements, or having poor fine motor skills
Social and emotional problems Difficulties making and keeping friends; and feeling nervous, scared or worried

Even if a child born preterm appears to have no lasting difficulties and has met age-expected levels of attainment, some of the strategies we suggest in this section may still be useful to aid their learning.