The literature from multiple disciplines on in utero cocaine exposure and mother–infant interaction and attachment was examined for possible relationships and implications for occupational therapists. Maternal cocaine use and neurobehavioral deficits in neonates prenatally exposed to cocaine may result in interactional difficulties between mother and infant. Knowledge of child development, sensory regulation, and infant cues will enable therapists to assist the mother in creating positive interactive experiences between herself and her child.
Miller-Kuhaneck, H. (1997). Prenatal cocaine exposure and mother–infant interaction: Implications for occupational therapy intervention. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 51(2), 119-131. doi: 10.5014/ajot.51.2.119 doi: