Preemies as Teenagers
This is to provide encouragement and hope to all those mothers of new preemies. Yes, there might be issues as your child grows, but they can succeed. My mother was a preemie, with eye sight issues, but she graduated from high school, married, raised 4 children while working in manufacturing for several years. I have 2 children, now teenagers, that were premature. One 18 year old, who was born at 34.5 weeks. He did receieve OT and PT for motor delays and special education for ADHD. He did graduate with an advanced regents diploma master in science. He is going to college next year. My daughter, now 16 years old, was born at 31.5 weeks and spent 3 weeks in the NICU. She had some physical therapy as a child. She is now in high school track and cross country. She has been on high honor roll since 7 th grade and she has taken advanced placement course work. She will be taking college level courses next year through a program with a community college. Regardless of their disabilities, preemies do have their own individual strengths and resilience. They can and will succeed in life.