Prechtls Assessment of General Movements

Basic & Advanced Training Courses

Presented by Vittorio Belmonti, MD, PhD and Andrea Guzzetta, MD, PhD

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 discussing 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.

Participants registering for the advanced course must have first completed the basic training course. Advanced course participants will learn more detailed scoring systems and have the opportunity to review their own recordings with a tutor.
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Contact

JoAnna Mullett
503-215-1540

Dates offered:

September 26, 2018 Wednesday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Four-day courses

Also meets:
  • September 27 & 28, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • September 29, 8-11:30 a.m.

Advanced Course Location

Providence Child Center
Multipurpose Room
830 NE 47th Ave
Portland, OR 97213
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Basic Course Location

Providence Portland Medical Center - Cancer Center Auditorium
4805 NE Glisan St.
Portland, OR 97213

Course Objectives

Basic 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

Advanced Course Objectives

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

  • Understand the optimality concept and detailed assessment of general movements
  • Assess the components of General Movements (speed, amplitude, intensity, rotations, etc.) during the preterm and term age and evaluate the individual trajectory
  • Assess fidgety movements and the concurrent motor repertoire (movements and postures) in 3- to 5-month-old infants
  • Discuss their own recordings

Registration

Registration

Register online using the link above. Confirmations will be emailed. Space is limited; registration is first-come, first-served.

Target Audience

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

Registration Fee:

  • Basic Course: $999/person
  • Advanced Course: $1,049/person

Registration includes continental breakfast, refreshments, certificate and course manual. Receive a $50 early-registration discount if you register by September 5.

Refund Policy:

Full refunds less a $25 administrative fee will be granted if cancellation is requested by September 12. 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.

Contact Hours:

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

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP16873 for 21.5 contact hours.

Speakers

Vittorio Belmonti, MD, PhD

Dr. Belmonti currently works at Fondazione Stella Maris, IRCCS, which is a tertiary care referral centrer for neurological and psychiatric diseases of childhood and adolescence located in Pisa, Italy. Vittorio does research in Developmental Neurology, Psychology, Psychiatry and Psychotherapy. He has long investigated spontaneous motor activity as a source of information on early brain development and is tutor of the General Movements Trust.

He has collaborated with the Collège de France on the development of spatial cognition and navigation, and is currently working as an adolescent psychiatrist and participating in a project on the effects of multidisciplinary treatment on brain connectivity in Eating disorders.

Andrea Guzzetta, MD, PhD

A child neuropsychiatrist, Dr. Guzzetta 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.

Andrea'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.

Agenda

Basic Course

Wednesday, September 26

 8 a.m. Welcome and introduction
 8:30 a.m. When, How and Perhaps Why Do we Start to Move?
 9:30 a.m. Break
 9:45 a.m. Normal Preterm and Writhing General Movements
11:30 a.m. Lunch (on your own)
12:30 p.m. Abnormal Preterm and Writhing GMs
 1:30 p.m. General Movements vs Other Neuroexams
 2:15 p.m. Break
 2:30 p.m. Normal and Abnormal Preterm General Movements
 4 p.m. Adjourn

Thursday, September 27

 8 a.m. Normal and Abnormal Writhing General Movements
 9:30 a.m. Break
 9:45 a.m. Normal Fidgety Movements
11:30 a.m. Lunch (on your own)
12:30 p.m. Abnormal and Absent Fidgety Movements
 1:30 p.m. How to study General Movements
 2:15 p.m. Break
 2:30 p.m. Normal and Abnormal Fidgety Movements
 4 p.m. Adjourn

Friday, September 28

 8 a.m. Individual Developmental Trajectories
 9:30 a.m. Break
 9:45 a.m. Individual Developmental Trajectories
11:30 a.m. Lunch (on your own)
12:30 p.m. General Movements at Different Ages
 1:30 p.m. General Movements and Prediction of Cerebral Palsy
 2:15 p.m. Break
 2:30 p.m. General Movements at Different Ages
 4 p.m. Adjourn

Saturday, September 29

 8 a.m. General Movements at Different Ages
 9:30 a.m. Break
 9:45 a.m. Warming Up
10:30 a.m. Final Test
11:30 a.m. Adjourn


Advanced Course

Wednesday, September 26

 8 a.m. Welcome and introduction
 8:30 a.m. When, How and Perhaps Why Do we Start to Move?
 9:30 a.m. Break
 9:45 a.m. Normal Preterm and Writhing General Movements
11:30 a.m. Lunch (on your own)
12:30 p.m. Detailed Scoring of Writhing General Movements
 2:15 p.m. Break
 2:30 p.m. Detailed and Longitudinal Scoring of Writhing General Movements
 4 p.m. Adjourn

Thursday, September 27

 8 a.m. Writhing General Movements: Participants Show Their Own Tapes
 9:30 a.m. Break
 9:45 a.m. Normal and Abnormal Fidgety General Movements: Recalibration and Reliability Testing
11:30 a.m. Lunch (on your own)
12:30 p.m. Detailed Scoring of Fidgety General Movements
 2:15 p.m. Break
 2:30 p.m. Fidgety General Movements: Participants Show Their Own Tapes
 4 p.m. Adjourn

Friday, September 28

 8 a.m. Fidgety General Movements: Participants Show Their Own Tapes
 9:30 a.m. Break
 9:45 a.m. All Ages: Participants Show Their Own Tapes
11:30 a.m. Lunch (on your own)
12:30 p.m. All Ages: Participants Show Their Own Tapes
 1:30 p.m. General Movements and Prediction of Cerebral Palsy
 2:15 p.m. Break
 2:30 p.m. All Ages: Participants Show Their Own Tapes
 4 p.m. Adjourn

Saturday, September 29

 8 a.m. All Ages: Participants Show Their Own Tapes
 9:30 a.m. Break
 9:45 a.m. All Ages: Participants Show Their Own Tapes
10:30 a.m. Final Test
11:30 a.m. Adjourn

Accommodations

Please ask for the Providence Portland Medical Center rate if it is available:

Courtyard by Marriot Lloyd Center

435 NE Wasco St
Portland OR, 97232
503-234-3200
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Crowne Plaza Hotel

1441 NE 2nd Ave
Portland OR, 97232
877-270-1393
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Doubletree Lloyd Center

1000 NE Multnoma St
Portland, OR 97232
503-281-6111
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Residence Inn Lloyd Center

1710 NE Multnomah St
Portland, OR 97232
503-288-1400
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