During infancy, the child acquires more and more skills, e.g. begins to reach for objects and grasp, turn from the back to the abdominal position and sit independently. In those periods of infancy neuropediatricians can estimate whether a child deviates from the norm in acquiring a particular skill by age and a sufficient quality level in it. In the neurological assessment in early infancy (first 3-4 months) reactions in certain positions, uprightness, control of the head, tone, reflexes, contact… are assessed, but in spontaneous movements the first 3 months of life are dominated by infant fidgeting.
GENERAL MOVEMENTS ASSESSMENT
The amount (quantity) of fidgety movements does not provide great diagnostic and prognostic significance, but the quality of fidgety movements does and can be assessed. The assessment of the quality of spontaneous movements (general movements assessment) is a method of observing the function of the motor part of a young infant’s brain in development based on the assessment of a recorded variety of fidgety movements .
As a method, it began to be researched 30 years ago and has since been repeatedly proven to be one of the most reliable methods of outcome assessment, especially in the group of neurorisk children.
- simple, early available and repeatable
- completely harmless and non-invasive
- reliable, standardized and evidence based proven
Progress in technology opens up the possibility of recording high-quality video in a home environment (e.g. high-resolution cameras on smartphones) and processing the image with advanced computer vision algorithms of artificial intelligence.
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