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Infant Motor Development

Infant Motor Development

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    Infant Motor Development is the first text to concentrate on motor development during infancy—the stage in which the greatest qualitative changes in the life span occur. It is an excellent introduction to the most relevant and common issues researchers, clinicians, and parents face.

    This groundbreaking text combines theory with application to provide the most current account of infant motor ability and disability—including the latest prenatal research—all in one comprehensive resource. Infant Motor Development presents criteria for selecting the most appropriate assessment tool and intervention strategies to improve the motor functioning of infants with particular problems. The result is an essential textbook for graduate students and an up-to-the-minute reference for health professionals and researchers.

    Infant Motor Development is organized into four parts covering theory, research, assessment, and intervention. It integrates information from a variety of disciplines to encourage a broad understanding of infant motor development. Topics include the development of voluntary movements such as posture, stability, balance, and orientation; manual control of reaching and grasping; locomotor control of creeping and walking; the unique difficulties faced by premature infants; and an examination of two disabilities with devastating consequences to motor control: cerebral palsy and Down syndrome.

    Infant Motor Development contains many helpful features:
    -Sidebars highlighting the relationship between research and therapeutic practice

    -Chapter objectives and summaries that clarify the main ideas and simplify the review process

    -Key points that highlight important concepts throughout the text

    -Glossary of terms that clearly defines the concepts used in infant motor development
    With Infant Motor Development, students will understand the subject area from a variety of disciplines and perspectives, researchers will discover the most current theory and findings, and clinicians will learn to apply theory and research in their work with infants.


    A reference for specialists in motor development, motor behavior, early childhood, and rehabilitation; a textbook for undergraduate and graduate motor development courses.

    Table of Contents


    Part I: Foundations of Infant Motor Development
    Chapter 1. Early Movement Capabilities

    -Prenatal Period

    -Sensory Capabilities in the Newborn

    -Motor Development in Infancy

    Chapter 2. Theoretical Approaches to Motor Development

    -Historical Overview of Theoretical Approaches

    -Maturational Perspective

    -Cognitive Approaches

    -Prescriptive Approaches

    -Ecological/Natural Systems Approach

    Chapter 3. Motor Control and the Brain: Motor Development and Neural Plasticity

    -Neurophysiology of Movement

    -Brain Development and Neural Plasticity

    -Function of Central Nervous System in Motor Development

    Part II: The Development of Voluntary Movement Control
    Chapter 4. Postural Control: Development of Stability, Balance, and Orientation

    -Definition and Description of Postural Control

    -Developmental Transitions in Balance Control

    -Influences on the Development of Postural Control

    Chapter 5. Manual Control: Development of Reaching and Definitions and Descriptions of Prehension

    -Reaching in the First Few Months

    -Development of Successful Reaching

    -Development of Grasping

    -Bimanual Reaching and Grasping

    -Tool Use

    -Manual Asymmetries in Infancy

    Chapter 6. Locomotion: Development of Creeping and Walking

    -Locomotor Milestones

    -Prescriptive Views of Locomotor Development

    -Locomotor Development From a Perspective of Dynamic Systems

    -Leg Asymmetries in Infancy

    Part III: Assessment of Motor Ability In Infants
    Chapter 7. Appropriate Choice of Motor Assessment Test

    -Importance of Motor Assessment

    -Criterion- and Norm-Referenced Assessments

    -Components of Good Assessment Tools

    -Special Issues of Infant Testing

    Chapter 8. Neurobehavioral Motor Assessment and Other Tests

    -Apgar Assessment

    -Neonatal Neurological Examination

    -Neonatal Neurobehavioral Assessment

    -Qualitative Assessment of General Movements in Infants

    -Evaluation of Neonatal Examinations

    Chapter 9. Diagnostic Motor Assessment and Screening Tests

    -Norm-Referenced Developmental Diagnostic Tests

    -Usefulness of Norm-Referenced Tests

    -Criterion-Referenced Developmental Diagnostic Tests

    -Screening Instruments

    -Recent Technological Advances in Diagnostic Assessment

    Part IV: Motor Control and Developmental Disorders
    Chapter 10. Motor Development in Preterm Infants

    -Premature Birth

    -Causes of Premature Birth and Low Birth Weight

    -Immediate Problems

    -Long-Term Outcome

    -Motor Development in the First Few Months

    -Intervention Approaches for the High-Risk Preterm Infant

    Chapter 11. Cerebral Palsy

    -Definition of Cerebral Palsy

    -Occurrence of Cerebral Palsy

    -Categories of Cerebral Palsy

    -Etiology of Cerebral Palsy

    -Cerebral Palsy Registers

    -Identifying Cerebral Palsy in the Early Years

    -Orthopedic Approaches to Intervention

    -Early Intervention Approaches

    Chapter 12. Down Syndrome

    -Definition of Down Syndrome

    -Characteristics of Individuals With Down Syndrome

    -Motor Development in Down Syndrome

    -Intervention Approaches

    Subject Index
    About the Author

    About the Author

    Jan P. Piek, PhD, is an associate professor at the Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Western Australia. Her major areas of research are motor control and motor development. Since 1992, she has received three research fellowships to conduct work in motor control.

    Piek has published extensively in journals in Australia and internationally. She contributed a chapter to D.J. Glencross and J.P. Piek's Motor Control and Sensory-Motor Integration: Issues and Directions (Amsterdam: Elsevier Science, 1995). She is also the editor of Motor Behavior and Human Skill (Champaign: Human Kinetics, 1998).

    Piek has coordinated the Motor Control & Human Skill Research Workshops since the program's inception in 1991. She is a member of the School of Psychology at Curtin University of Technology, where she also manages the Research Centre for Applied Psychology. She received the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence from Curtin University of Technology in 1996. Her most recent fellowship is the Curtin University postdoctoral research fellowship, from 1997 to 2000.

    She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and the International Society for Infant Studies and an editorial board member of Infant Behavior and Development. She earned her PhD from the University of Western Australia.