General Movements Assessment (GMA)

– 2-day course

Course leader: Mijna Hadders-Algra

General Movements (GMs) are the most frequently occurring spontaneous movements of the fetus and young infant. Currently we know that the quality of general movements is a powerful predictor of present and future brain dysfunction.

Course contents

The course consists of lectures and self-practice sessions during which video recordings of general movements of preterm and full-term infants will be scored. The lectures cover:

  • theories on typical and atypical motor development
  • typical development of GMs
  • characteristics of atypical GMs
  • practical issues on GM assessment
  • clinical significance of atypicall GMs

The course leaves ample time for discussion.

Target audience

The course is a post-graduate course for paediatric physical therapists, occupational therapists, neonatologists, (neuro)paediatricians, child neurologists and researchers in the field of child development.

Learner-based Course Objectives
  • Knowledge on typical and atypical motor development
  • Knowledge on typical GMs
  • Knowledge on various types of atypical GMs
  • Knowledge on assessment technique
  • Knowledge on significance of atypical GMs for neurodevelopmental outcome
  • Ability to carry out GM-assessment under supervision

You may invite Mijna Hadders-Algra to provide this course at your site.

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