The Infant Motor Profile: a standardized and qualitative method to assess motor behaviour in infancy

Kirsten R Heineman, Arend F Bos, Mijna Hadders-Algra
2008 Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology  
A reliable and valid instrument to assess neuromotor condition in infancy is a prerequisite for early detection of developmental motor disorders. We developed a video-based assessment of motor behaviour, the Infant Motor Pro le (IMP), on motor abilities, movement variability, ability to select motor strategies, movement symmetry and uency. The IMP consists of 80 items and is applicable from 3 to 18 months. The present study aims at teasting intra and interobserver reliability and concurrent
more » ... dity of the IMP with the Alberta Infant Motor Scale and Touwen neurological examination. Methods: The study group consisted of 40 low-risk at term born (median gestational age (GA) 40 weeks, range 38-42) and 40 high-risk preterm born infants (median GA 29.6, range 26-33) with corrected ages 4 to 18 months (31 girls, 49 boys). Results: Intra and interobserver agreement of the IMP were satisfactory (Spearman ρ=0.9). Concurrent validity of IMP and AIMS was good (Spearman ρ=0.8, p<0.0005) . The IMP was able to di erentiate between infants with normal neurological condition, simple minor neurological dysfunction (MND), complex MND and abnormal neurological condition (p<0.0005). Conclusion: The IMP may be a promising tool to evaluate neurological integrity during infancy -a suggestion which needs con rmation by means of assessment of larger groups of infants with heterogeneous neurological conditions.
doi:10.1111/j.1469-8749.2008.02035.x pmid:18279412 fatcat:nup3k2t5nfg4rn5g7vdca7ukwu