Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. in School Psychology


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education

First Advisor

Dihoff, Roberta

Second Advisor

Klanderman, John


Children with mental disabilities; Education, Preschool; Premature infants--Development


Educational Psychology


Every year, thousands of babies are born prematurely or at low birth weight. As a result, many of these children are confronted with health and developmental issues. The purpose of this study was to examine the importance of early intervention on premature development. It was hypothesized that premature children, who were initially denied early intervention services, would eventually be in need of services at a later time, and these children would be in need more than full-term children. The present study consisted of a sample of fifty-four children: twenty-seven pre-term and twenty-seven full-term. The subjects were collected from the Child Development Center in Southern New Jersey. All children were initially denied early intervention services. The variables collected in the study include: date of birth, gender, race, prenatal care, complications during pregnancy, reasons for denial into intervention program, and a follow-up. Results indicated a significant correlation between gestational weeks and follow-up. The null hypothesis was rejected, as the study revealed that premature children were not only in need of services, but in need more than full-term children.