Prechtls Assessment of General Movements

Basic Training Course

Presented by Andrea Guzzetta, M.D., Ph.D.

September 14-17, 2016 | Providence St. Vincent Medical Center Souther Auditorium
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Research conducted in the last 20 years has shown that 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 (GMs)—a specific type of spontaneous movement—under the age of 5 months is the best predictor of cerebral palsy.

This course fulfills the standards specified by the General Movements Trust and consists 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 will take a final test to receive a certificate of reliability in this method of assessment.


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Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the theoretical basis of Prechtl’s Method of Qualitative Assessment of General Movements
  • Assess typically developing infants using the Qualitative Assessment of General Movements
  • Assess infants with brain lesions using the Qualitative Assessment of General Movements
  • Incorporate this technique for clinical and research purposes
  • Reliably distinguish typical versus atypical general movements

Target Audience

This course will benefit neonatologists, pediatric neurologists, general pediatricians, developmental and behavioral pediatricians, physiatrists, pediatric nurses, pediatric nurse practitioners, and physical and occupational therapists.



Register online using the form below. Confirmations will be emailed. Registration is limited; first-come, first-served.

Registration Fee:

The registration fee of $900 per person covers continental breakfast, refreshments, certificate and course manual.

Receive a $50 early-bird registration discount if you register online or registration is postmarked by August 24, 2016.

Refund Policy:

Full refunds less a $25 administrative fee will be granted if cancellation is requested by August 31. No refunds will be made after that date unless the course is cancelled by Providence Rehabilitation Services, in which case full refunds will be issued.


Providence Portland Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 19.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Providence Portland Medical Center is accredited by the Oregon Medical Association to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians.

Contact Hours:

This course qualifies for 21.5 continuing education hours for physical therapists and occupational therapists in Oregon. Certificates of attendance will be issued to all participants completing the CEU requirements.

Registration Form:

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Featured Speaker

Andrea Guzzetta, M.D., Ph.D., child neuropsychiatrist, is a senior researcher at Fondazione Stella Maris in Pisa, Italy. He is head of the infant neurology section, a consultant neurologist at the Pisa University Hospital NICU, and is responsible for the follow-up program for infants at neurodevelopmental risk, the neuro-ophthamology lab and the newborn neurophysiology service. 

Dr. Guzzetta's field of interest is early neurodevelopment and brain plasticity following brain damage. His research focus is on development of new, evidence-based interventions for infants at neurological risk starting from a very young age. He is a licensed tutor for the General Movements Trust and Prechtl’s Method on the Qualitative Assessment of General Movements.


Wednesday, September 14

 9 a.m.  Welcome and introduction
What are General Movements?
10:30 a.m. Break
 11 a.m. Normal Preterm and Writhing GMs
12:30 p.m. Lunch
(on your own)
 1:30 p.m. Abnormal Preterm and Writhing GMs
 3 p.m. Break
 3:30 p.m. Normal and Abnormal Preterm and Writhing GMs
 5 p.m. End of session

Thursday, September 15

 9 a.m.  Normal and Abnormal Preterm and Writhing GMs
10:30 a.m. Break
 11 a.m. Normal Fidgety Movements
12:30 p.m. Lunch
(on your own)
 1:30 p.m. Abnormal and Absence of Fidgety Movements
 3 p.m. Break
 3:30 p.m. Fidgety Movements: A Window Into the Developing Brain
 5 p.m. End of session

Friday, September 16

 9 a.m.  Normal, Abnormal and Absence of Fidgety Movements
10:30 a.m. Break
 11 a.m. Individual Developmental Trajectories
12:30 p.m. Lunch
(on your own)
 1:30 p.m. Individual Developmental Trajectories
 3 p.m. Break
 3:30 p.m. GMs and MRI Findings
 5 p.m. End of session

Saturday, September 17

 9 a.m.  GMs at Different Ages - How to Study GMs
10:30 a.m. Break
 11 a.m. Test Your Judgment
12:30 p.m. End of session


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