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Prechtl General Movement Assessment Advanced Course

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Please join Northwestern University’s Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences’ Continuing Education course titled "Prechtl General Movement Assessment: Advanced Course" presented by Colleen Peyton, PT, DPT, from December 14-17, 2022. There is a registration fee of $975 for the course. Breakfast will be included.

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We are pleased to assist you in furthering your professional development. Below is the course confirmation information:

Speakers: 

Colleen Peyton, PT, DPT, is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences and Pediatrics at the Feinberg School of Medicine Northwestern University, Chicago, IL. Colleen received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at MGH Institutes of Health in Boston, Massachusetts. Her research interests include spontaneous infant behavior and neuroimaging correlates, neurodevelopmental trajectories in high-risk infant populations, and early detection of cerebral palsy in infancy. She is the first (and only) licensed tutor of the General Movements Trust in North America and teaches the Prechtl General Movement Assessment to clinicians and researchers internationally.

Description:

The Feinberg School of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Science is proud to offer the advanced general movement assessment course. Research conducted in the last 20 years has shown the qualitative assessment of spontaneous movement in the fetus, newborn, and young infant is an early and reliable indicator for diagnosis and prognosis of neurological disorders. Compelling evidence is now available that qualitative assessment of General Movements —a specific type of spontaneous movement—under the age of five months is the best predictor of cerebral palsy. This course fulfills the standards specified by the Generalized Movement Trust (www.general-movements-trust.info). The course will consist of lessons, demonstration, and discussion of video-recordings. Lectures will alternate with exercises in small groups with videos prepared by the tutors. At the end of the course participants be required to take a final test in order to receive a certificate of reliability in this method of assessment. Participants registering for this advanced course must have completed the basic training course prior to attending the advanced course. Participants will learn more detailed scoring systems and will have the opportunity to review their own recordings with the tutor.

Objectives:

  • Assess the components of general movements including speed, amplitude, intensity, and rotations during the preterm and term age;
  • Evaluate the individual trajectory of developing infants using the assessment of components of general movements;
  • Assess fidgety movements and the concurrent motor repertoire (movements and postures) in 3-5 month old infants;
  • Discuss their own diagnosis of developing infants using infant movement assessment illustrated with their own recordings.

Timed Agenda:

Day 1: Wednesday, December 14


8:00-9:30am: Welcome and Introduction. When, How and Perhaps Why Do We Start to Move? (Lecture)
9:30-10:00am: Break
10:00-11:30am: Normal and abnormal GMs: recalibration and reliability testing
11:30-12:30pm: Lunch
12:30-2:00pm: Detailed scoring of fidgety GMs (demonstration and tutorial)
2:00-2:30pm: Break
2:30-4:00pm: Fidgety GMs: participants show their own tapes

Day 2: Thursday, December 15


8:00-9:30am: Fidgety GMs: participants show their own tapes
10:00-11:30am: Normal and Abnormal Writing General Movements: Recalibration and reliability testing
11:30-12:30pm: Lunch
12:30-2:00pm: Detailed scoring of writhing GMs (demonstration and tutorial)
2:00-2:30pm: Break
2:30-4:00pm: Detailed and longitudinal scoring of writhing GMs (demonstration and tutorial)

Day 3: Friday, December 16


8:00-9:30am: Writhing GMs: participants show their own tapes (tutorial)
9:30-10:00am: Break
10:00-11:30am: All ages: participants show their own tapes
11:30-12:30pm: Lunch
12:30-2:00pm: All ages: participants show their own tapes
2:00-2:30pm: Break
2:30-4:00pm: All ages: participants show their own tapes

Day 4: Saturday, December 17


8:00-9:30am: All ages: participants show their own tapes
9:30-10:00am: Break
10:00-11:30am: All ages: participants show their own tapes, reliability testing
11:30am: End of session

CEU: 

21 hours

Location: 

645 N. Michigan Avenue, 8th Floor, Room 800

Cancellation Policy: 

  • Any cancellation up until 2 weeks before the course will result in a $150 cancellation fee.
  • Any cancellation made 2 weeks prior to the course will NOT receive a refund. 
We look forward to providing you with the highest quality professional education experience. Please reach out to Theresa Sukal Moulton if you have any questions.

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