Subject: Child Neurology, Fetal, Preterm and Neonatal, Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Neurodisability

Series: Mac Keith Press Practical Guides

Publication date: 07/04/2022

ISBN: 9781911612612

Edition: First

Pages: 200

SINDA: Standardized Infant NeuroDevelopmental Assessment

Mijna Hadders-Algra, Uta Tacke, Joachim Pietz, Heike Philippi

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Is there a way to accurately predict neurodevelopmental disability within the first year of life? Standardized Infant NeuroDevelopmental Assessment (SINDA) has been developed as a screening instrument for infants aged 6 weeks to 12 months corrected age, to assist early detection of infants at high risk of neurodevelopmental disorders. It is the first developmental instrument to allow a comprehensive (360-degree) approach including “all” dimensions of development. With assessment in less than 10 minutes, SINDA can be used quickly in virtually any environment and requires only simple equipment.

  • A truly concise neurodevelopmental assessment tool for infants in the first year.
  • Holistic three scale approach: neurological, developmental, and socio-emotional scales.
  • Assessment in less than 10 minutes for the neurological scale, which is also reliable and predicts neurodisability well.
  • Highly illustrated with figures and over 160 video-clips (available from allowing the application of SINDA without a training course.


An essential resource for health professionals working in the field of early detection and early intervention, i.e., paediatricians, developmental paediatricians, neonatologists, child neurologists, paediatric physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech language therapists, psychologists and educationalists.

Author podcast

In this podcast, Mijna Hadders-Algra discusses their upcoming title with us, SINDA: Standardized Infant NeuroDevelopmental Assessment with Karen Horridge.

Mijna Hadders-Algra

Mijna Hadders-Algra (1956; MD, PhD) is emeritus professor of Developmental Neurology. 

Her research focuses on 1) early detection of developmental disabilities, 2) early intervention, 3) significance of minor neurological dysfunction (MND) in children with DCD, learning- and behavioural disorders, 4) pathophysiology of motor impairment in children with cerebral palsy or DCD.  She is (co)author of  >300 papers in peer-reviewed international journals and invited author of many chapters in handbooks in the field of developmental paediatrics. She frequently lectures and teaches across the world.

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Uta Tacke

Clinical focus of  Uta Tacke (1951) is diagnosis, diagnostic and treatment of early neurodevelomental disorders. She was co-chair of the Centre for Child Neurology (Socialpediatric centre) at the University Childrens’ Hospital, Freiburg, Germany, worked at the department of neuropaediatrics at the University Childrens’ Hospital in Basel, Switzerland. Now she is senior consultant of neuropaediatrics at the department of haemato-oncology in Basel. She is co-author of specialized books and teaches neuropaediatrics for students and professionals.

Joachim Pietz

Joachim Pietz (1951) is author and co-author of 59 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals, several paediatric books, and has been funded over 30 years by several organisations incl. German Research Foundation, was reviewer for paediatric, neurological and radiological journals. His research and studies focused on neurological and psychological outcome esp. in patients with phenylketonuria, after preterm birth as well as other aspects of developmental neurology and child neuropsychology.

Heike Philippi

Heike Philippi is (co)author of 41 papers in peer-reviewed international journals developmental neurology and epileptology. Sponsored by an ERASMUS-Study-Project ICF-Meduse, she developed a Training Program on ICF-CY for multidisciplinary teams in charge of chronically ill children in Germany. She co-conducts the German-wide three years Heath Service Study PART-CHILD that is sponsored by the German Health Ministry. PART-CHID evaluates the effect of the application of the ICF-CY on social participation and shared decision making in the care of chronically ill children. She is an experienced ICF-Trainer and she gave and gives lectures on General Movements, early intervention and developmental neurology for medical students, paediatricians, paediatric neurologists and physiotherapists in Germany.

Foreword vii
Preface ix
Videos xi
1 Introduction 1
2 Early Detection of Infants at High Risk of Neurodevelopmental Disorders 5
3 Design, Psychometric Properties, and Implementation of SINDA 13
4 The Neurological Scale 25
5 The Developmental Scale 63
6 The Socio-Emotional Scale 161
7 Significance of SINDA Findings 167

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