MSNBC (Internet / TV) 05/02/06 A mother’s attentiveness early in life makes an important difference in tiny preemies’ development, even through elementary school, according to a study published Monday. Dr. Karen E. Smith of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston led the research, part of an ongoing study of 360 children born between 1990 and 1992. Many of these children were born at a very low weight -- around 2 pounds, on average -- while the rest were normal-weight, term newborns. “An encouraging finding was that, despite the increased risk for slower cognitive growth found for those born at a (very low birthweight), responsive parenting was able to moderate this risk,” Smith and her colleagues write.