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Acta Médica Peruana

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GUTIERREZ, Ericson L; LAZARTE, Fabiola  and  ALARCON, Gladis. The importance of the neural development assessment in children aged less than 30 months in the Peruvian context. Acta méd. Peru [online]. 2016, vol.33, n.4, pp.304-308. ISSN 1728-5917.

Assessing the neural development is a basic activity in child health services. The tests that assess the neural development in children are divided in two groups: screening tests and diagnostic or assessment tests. Screening tests were designed for identifying children at risk, and they are used in a first-step fashion in order to recommend further testing. Afterwards, diagnostic tests are used, which are administered by specialists in this field. Once the child at risk for retardation in his/her neural development is identified, it is necessary that he/she may be enrolled in an intervention program, especially before three years of age. Prevention of such cases and timely therapy and recovery of children at risk will contribute to reduce poverty and inequity, since these children may acquire abilities and skills that will ensure adequate quality of life for them and their families, also contributing with the economy and development of this country

Keywords : Child Development; Psychomotor performance; Neuropsychological tests.

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