Developmental Delays in Children Born With Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 6
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 7: Psychological Services for Specific Groups of Students

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn about the prevalence and nature of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) and in utero drug exposure (IUDE).
  2. learn the extent of developmental delay in students with NAS and IUDE across time.
  3. identify the implications of study related to early intervention and educating students with NAS and IUDE.


Children born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) and in utero drug exposure (IUDE) typically experience delays that can impact cognition, motor skills, speech and language, attention, and behavior. This poster will share results of a retrospective study on the development of visual–motor skills and receptive/expressive language for children born with NAS and IUDE. Stop by this poster to discuss the implications on school functioning for this population.



Elizabeth R. Staley, MEd, Eaton Community Schools
Susan Davies, EdD, University of Dayton


Sawyer A. Hunley


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