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The meeting will take place, but due to the COVID-19-pandemic
it will be fully virtual.



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  9.00 –  9.05    Welcome by Mijna Hadders-Algra

  9.05 –  9.20     Welcome by Corry van der Sluis, professor of rehabilitation medicine,
University Medical Center Groningen 

Early detection: the significance of general movements assessment

Chair: Brigitte Volmer

  9.20 –   9.25     Chair introduces Sebastian Schröder

  9.25 – 10.05     Sebastian Schröder (München, Germany)
Clinical value of general movements assessment

10.05 – 10.10     Chair introduces Ying-Chin Wu

10.10 – 10.40     Ying-Chin Wu (Taichung, Taiwan)
On the neural substrate of general movements

10.40 – 11.00     Coffee / tea break

Early detection: other neurodevelopmental assessments

Chair: Elisa Hamer

11.00 – 11.05     Chair introduces Kirsten Heineman

11.05 – 11.45     Kirsten Heineman (Groningen, the Netherlands)
The Infant Motor Profile – a guide in early detection and early intervention

11.45 – 12.05     Lilian Straathof (Groningen, the Netherlands)
The significance of muscle tone impairments in infancy

12.05 – 12.45     Annelies de Bildt (Groningen, the Netherlands):
Early recognition of Autism Spectrum Disorder

12.45 – 13.15      Lunch break

Chair: Jessika van Hoorn

13.15 – 14.15     Mini-presentations by poster presenters       

14.15 – 14.30    Break

Early detection: other neurodevelopmental assessments, continued

Chair: Aleid Leemhuis

14.30 – 14.35     Chair introduces Joachim Pietz and Uta Tacke

14.35 – 15.35     Joachim Pietz (Heidelberg, Germany) and Uta Tacke (Freiburg, Germany)
The clinical value of the Standardized Infant NeuroDevelopmental Assessment (SINDA)

15.35 – 15.55    Coffee / tea break

Early detection of developmental disorders in specific groups of high-risk infants

Chair: Arie Bos

15.55 –  16.00    Chair introduces Darlene Huisenga

16.00 –  16.40    Darlene Huisenga (Chicago, USA)
Early detection of developmental disorders in infants with complex  congenital heart disorders

16.40 –  16.45    Chair introduces Brigitte Vollmer

16.45 –  17.25    Brigitte Vollmer (Southampton, UK)
Prediction of developmental outcome in infants with neonatal hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy

17.25 – 17.50   Network carrousel


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Early detection: role of genetics and neonatal brain imaging

Chair: Kirsten Heineman

 9.00 –   9.05      Chair introduces Han Brunner

 9.05 –   9.45      Han Brunner (Nijmegen, the Netherlands)Role of genetics in early diagnosis of developmental disorders: the case of intellectual disability

 9.45 –   9.50      Chair introduces Linda de Vries

 9.50 – 10.30      Linda de Vries (Utrecht, the Netherlands)
The significance of brain lesions diagnosed on neonatal cranial ultrasound and neonatal MRI

10.30 – 10.50     Coffee / tea

General issues in early detection and early intervention

Chair: Sebastian Schröder

10.50 – 10.55   Chair introduces Heike Philippi

10.55 – 11.35     Heike Philippi (Frankfurt am Main, Germany)
Implementation of ICF-CY in developmental paediatrics

11.35 – 11.40     Chair introduces Helen Cross

11.40 – 12.20     Helen Cross (London, UK)
Epilepsy at early age: signs, significance and intervention

12.20 – 12.50   Lunch

Chair: Tjitske Hielkema

12.50 – 13.50    Mini-presentations by poster presenters   

13.50 – 14.05  Break

Early intervention in the neonatal intensive care unit and in the post-discharge period

Chair: Mijna Hadders-Algra

14.05 – 14.10    Chair introduces Fabrizio Ferrari

14.10 – 14.50     Fabrizio Ferrari (Modena, Italy): Early intervention strategies in
preterm neonates

14.50 –  14.55    Chair introduces Arie Bos

14.55 – 15.35     Arie Bos (Groningen, the Netherlands)
Music therapy in the neonatal intensive care

15.35 –  15.40    Chair introduces Aleid Leemhuis

15.40 – 16.20     Aleid Leemhuis (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
Supporting parent-infant interaction in preterm infants

16.20 – 16.40     Coffee/tea

Application of assistive devices in early intervention

Chair: Schirin Akhbari Ziegler

16.40 – 16.45    Chair introduces Gunilla Thunberg

16.45 – 17.25     Gunilla Thunberg (Gothenburg, Sweden)
Early communication intervention – support to parents and children

17.25 –  17.30   Chair introduces Roslyn Livingstone

17.30 – 18.10     Roslyn Livingstone (Vancouver, BC, Canada)
Beginning power mobility in early intervention

18.10 –  18.15   Closing remarks of the day


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Early intervention in high risk infants after discharge home

Chair: Linda de Vries

   9.00 –   9.05    Chair introduces Anna Basu

   9.05 –   9.45    Anna Basu (New Castle upon Tyne, UK)
Early intervention after discharge: what might work?

   9.45 –   9.50    Chair introduces Ann Christin Eliasson

   9.50 – 10.30    Ann Christin Eliasson (Stockholm, Sweden)
How to provide and organise baby-CIMT in clinical practice

10.30 – 10.50     Coffee / tea

Chair: Anna Basu

10.50 – 10.55    Chair introduces Monika Novak-Pavlic

10.55 – 11.35     Monika Novak-Pavlic (Hamilton, Canada)
Supporting parents of young children with developmental disabilities – what’s the evidence?

11.35 – 11.40     Chair introduces Schirin Akhbari Ziegler

11.40 – 12.20     Schirin Akhbari Ziegler (Winterthur, Switzerland)
Caregiver coaching in early intervention – the example of COPCA

12.20 – 13.00          Forum Discussion:
What have we learned and where are we going?



Program of farewell lecture of Mijna Hadders-Algra

14.30              Ontvangst met koffie/thee (Welcome with coffee/tea)

15.00              Opening door middagvoorzitter Dr. Kirsten Heineman
(Opening by afternoon chair)

15.05             Prof. Dr. Mijna Hadders-Algra: Ontwikkeling is een wonder
(Development is a miracle)

15.50              Prof. Dr. Jules Becher, emeritus hoogleraar kinderrevalidatie
(professor of paediatric rehabilitation)

16.00              Prof. Dr. Paul Helders, emeritus hoogleraar kinderfysiotherapie
(professor of paediatric physiotherapy)

16.10               Receptie (drinks)

This program is in Dutch. Participants of the Early Detection and Early Intervention meeting can register (for free) – they will receive a link to follow this additional program and an English translation.


Saturday September 11th 2021, in the afternoon Mijna Hadders-Algra will give her farewell lecture, i.e., the official lecture that announces the end of her appointment at the UMCG.

Practical information:

Date and venue

The meeting will take place on September 9-11, 2021

Due to the COVID pandemic the meeting will be an online event

Associated event: farewell lecture Mijna Hadders-Algra

The meeting ends on Saturday September 11th at 13.00 hr. On the afternoon of September 11th Mijna Hadders-Algra will give her farewell lecture, i.e., the official lecture that announces the end of her appointment at the UMCG.

     The event starts at 14.30 (see the programme on this website) and access is free. Yet, participants need to register in order to be able to participate. The language used is Dutch, but simultaneous translation into English is available. Also the format of this event is currently not clear: it will be a live event, an online event, or a hybrid combination of live and online.


Posters directly related to the subject of the meeting will be welcome. The poster session is organized in digital form with e-posters. Posters can only be accepted for presentation if a one-page abstract (A4, letter size 12pt, Word) has been received by us before June 1st, 2021 at the following e-mail address: Prior to June 15th 2021 you will be notified of the acceptance of your abstract. The abstracts will be collected in a digital booklet, and distributed at the start of the meeting.

Registration Fee

Online only
– Physicians*, therapists, teachers, nurses € 250,-
– Students (e.g., Master students, PhD-students)  € 150,-
* Physicians in training for specialist pay the fee for ‘other professionals’

Target groups

Paediatricians, neonatologists, (paediatric) rehabilitation physicians, (paediatric) neurologists, child psychiatrists, (paediatric) physiotherapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, social workers and scientists in the field of human movement science and developmental neuroscience.  

Continuing Medical Education

Continuing Medical Education credits will be organized for professionals belonging to the following organizations: Nederlandse Vereniging van Revalidatieartsen (VRA), Nederlandse Vereniging voor Neurologie (NVN), Nederlandse Vereniging voor Kindergeneeskunde (NVK), Nederlandse Vereniging voor Psychiatrie (NVvP), Koninklijk Nederlands Genootschap voor Fysiotherapie (KNGF) and Stichting Accreditatie Deskundigheidbevorderende Activiteiten Paramedici (St ADAP), which also serves occupational therapists.

Delegate cancellation

Notification of cancellation should be made in writing to the Meeting organizers, to the attention of Ms. Ellen Wagenaar at Until July 21st, 2021: the registration fee will be refunded less € 50 administration fee. After July 21st, 2021: no refunds on registration will be made. No-shows will not be refunded.


The Meeting language will be English. There will be no simultaneous translation facilities.

Cancellation of the Meeting

The organizers reserve the right to cancel the Meeting in case of any unpredictable event. With regard to the COVID-19-pandemic: we follow the guidelines of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. Please follow our website for details on whether the meeting will be entirely live, entirely online or in hybrid form.


The Meeting cannot accept any liability for personal injuries or for loss or damage to

property belonging to delegates, either during, or as a result of the Meeting. Please check the validity of your own personal insurance before travelling.

Further information

For further information contact:
Anneke Kracht: tel: +31 50 3614252; e-mail:

The deadline for registration is:

September 6
12:00 CEST