Infant Motor Profile: Principles and Practice

Friday, November 9
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Location: Ballroom H/I/E/F - Convention Center

The course introduces the audience to Infant Motor Profile (IMP). The IMP is novel assessment of spontaneous (play) activity in infants aged 3 to 18 months, or rather until the age of walking independently for a few months. It is based on a video of about 15 minutes of spontaneous motor behavior in supine, prone, sitting, standing, walking and during reaching and grasping – depending on the functional abilities of the infant. The IMP does not only include information about the infant’s motor achievement but also information about the way in which the infant accomplishes his/her achievements. The qualitative aspects of the assessment are based on the principles of the Neuronal Group Selection Theory (NGST). This means that key parameters in IMP assessment are the size of the infant’s motor repertoire (sufficiently variable or not; 25 items) and the infant’s ability to make an adaptive selection out of his/her repertoire (adaptability; 15 items). Other domains are performance (23 items), symmetry (10 items) and fluency (7 items). The first studies indicate that the IMP is an instrument with good reliability, a good construct and concurrent validity and a promising predictive validity.


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Mijna Hadders-Algra, MD, PhD

Professor of Developmental Neurology
University Medical Center Groningen, Beatrix Children's Hospital, Institute of Developmental Neurology

Mijna Hadders-Algra MD, PhD is professor of Developmental Neurology at the University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen, the Netherlands.
Her research deals in particular with pathophysiology and early detection of developmental disabilities and with early intervention. The research on pathophysiology focuses on general movements and postural control, that on early detection on general movements and the Infant Motor Profile. Together with Tineke Dirks she developed the early intervention program COPCA (COPing with and CAring for infants with special needs – a family centred program). She (co)authored >250 publications in internationally peer reviewed journals, and published four books.


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