Neuropsychomotor development in early childhood can be negatively affected in many ways. The Pediatric population that presents factors causing neuropsychomotor retardation is referenced as high risk.
Objective: To assess the developmental profile of children aged 3 to 24 months, of a high neurological risk, being seen at a follow-up outpatient clinic.
Method: Descriptive-diagnostic transversal study, assessing ages and developmental quocients in the postural, oculo-motor, language, social and global areas, as well as psychosocial data. The instruments used were the Infantile Development Scale (Brunet-Lèzine, 1981) and a standardized form sent to the parents, complemented by the childrens hospital files.
Results: The global and area related developmental profiles obtained a medium normality score in most cases; prematurity was the risk factor with the highest incidence. The group evaluated will continue ou a longitudinal follow-up.
Conclusion: The systematic follow-up of high risk children promotes early detection of and intervention on neuromotor changes that interfere with their quality of life.