GMA2017 – Basic & Advanced Courses

The Association is hosting two 4-day training programmes on Prechtl’s Method on the Quanlitative Assessment of General Movements in Port Elizabeth in 2017: the BASIC Course and the ADVANCED Course.

Course Title:
Prechtl’s Method on the Qualitative Assessment of General Movements (BASIC Course)
Monday 14 August to Thursday 17 August 2017
Course Title:
Prechtl’s Method on the Qualitative Assessment of General Movements (ADVANCED Course)
Monday 21 August to Thursday 24 August 2017
The Beach Hotel, Port Elizabeth South Africa
Dr. Christa Einspieler, Medizinische Universität Graz, co-creator of the GMA assessment method
NOTE: Places are limited, and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis for confirmed (paid) registrations.

Who should attend:

Health care professionals working in the field of infant neurology, neonatologists, pediatric neurologists, general pediatricians, developmental and behavioral pediatricians and physical and occupational therapists.
NOTE: Participants in the Advanced Course must have already successfully completed the Basic Course, and already be engaged in applying Prechtl’s Method on the Qualitative Assessment of General Movements.

Basic Course Objectives:

Upon completion of the BASIC course, participants will:

  • Understand the theoretical basis of Prechtl’s Method of Qualitative Assessment of General Movements;
  • Be able to:
    • 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.

Upon completion of the ADVANCED course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the optimality concept and detailed assessment of general movements;
  • Assess the components of GMs (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.

About your trainer:

Christa Einspieler, Dr., PhD Professor of Physiology

Christa Einspieler received her degree in Physiology and Psychology at the University of Graz, Austria. She has been working in behavioural analysis for over 20 years and received special training inter alia at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands (Heinz Prechtl). She is currently Professor of Physiology at the Medical University of Graz. Her main research topics are the ontogeny of behaviour, fetal movements, motor development in preterm, term and young infants, age-specific neurological assessments, and neurolinguistics. She is author or co-author of more than 100 scientific papers in indexed journals (SCI/SSCI/PUBMED), has contributed to more than 25 books from international publishers, and published two monographs on fetal and early motor behaviour (Clin Dev Med 167, Clin Dev Med 189).

Dr Christa Einspieler

Dr Christa Einspieler

What is the General Movements Assessment (GMA)?