A quick, non-invasive, non-intrusive and cost-effective method with high reliability and high validity is much in demand for the early detection of neurological anomalies which point to cerebral palsy and developmental deficits later on in life.
Over his years as a distinguished developmental neurologist, Heinz Prechtl has devised such a method; a qualitative assessment of general movements (GMs) as a specific predictor for neurological impairments. His method is described in this book.
GMs form part of a distinct pattern of movements in preterm babies, term newborns and young infants. They are complex, frequent, and usually of sufficient length. Changes in the normal quality of GMs are a reliable indicator of brain dysfunction.
Videos to accompany 15 cases selected from the book are free to download with every book purchase. Each is of about one minute in duration and demonstrates the different age-specific movement patterns. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for free access if you have purchased the book from another book seller.
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Clinics in Developmental Medicine No. 167
AUTHORS’ APPOINTMENTS vii
INTRODUCTION: HOW IT ALL CAME ABOUT ix
1. BASIC CONCEPTS OF DEVELOPMENTAL NEUROLOGY 1
2. WHAT ARE SPONTANEOUS MOVEMENTS? 5
3. HOW TO RECORD AND ASSESS GENERAL MOVEMENTS 19
4. WHAT COULD INTERFERE WITH THE QUALITY OF GENERAL MOVEMENTS? 29
5. HOW OBJECTIVE, RELIABLE AND VALID IS THE GENERAL MOVEMENT ASSESSMENT? 35
6. THE CLINICAL APPLICATION OF THE METHOD 46
7. QUANTITATIVE ASSESSMENT IS AN INSENSITIVE INDICATOR OF IMPAIRED INTEGRITY OF THE NERVOUS SYSTEM 63
8. BRAIN ULTRASOUND AND GENERAL MOVEMENT ASSESSMENT 65
9. NEUROLOGICAL EXAMINATION AND GENERAL MOVEMENT ASSESSMENT 67
10. WHAT OTHER METHODS OF GENERAL MOVEMENT ASSESSMENT EXIST? 72