GMA2018 – Advanced Course

The Association is hosting the 4-day training programme Prechtl’s Method on the Quanlitative Assessment of General Movements (Advanced Course) in Port Elizabeth from 3 to 6 September 2018.

Course Title:
Prechtl’s Method on the Qualitative Assessment of General Movements (Advanced Course)
Participants in the Advanced Course must have successfully completed the Basic Course, and must be already engaged in applying Prechtl’s Method on the Qualitative Assessment of General Movements
Monday 3 September to Thursday 6 September 2018 Please note new dates!
The Beach Hotel, Port Elizabeth South Africa
Dr. Christa Einspieler, Medizinische Universität Graz, co-creator of the GMA assessment method
Course Fee:
R 9,500.00 per person (excludes travel and accommodation costs, which are for the participant’s own account)
NOTE: Places are limited to 20 participants, and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis for confirmed (paid) registrations.
Registrations now open – please download documents below

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Feedback from participants in the previous ADVANCED course:

“Fantastic course – challenging but great” – Lisa Sutton
“I have attended many courses, none have been as well organised and coordinated” – Svenje Duffield
“Amazing course: content and organisation” – Chetna Jetha

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.

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 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.


Participants in the Advanced Course will be required to undertake a Reliability Test on the final day of the course. Participants who successfully complete the Reliability Test will receive a Certificate of Reliability in Qualitative Assessment of General Movements, issued by the General Movements Trust.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD):

Participants in the Advanced Course will receive an Attendance Certificate and 21 CPD points based on their attendance.

Special offer to participants:

As an add-on, participants can order the reference book (co-authored by Dr. Christa Einspieler), which will be bulk-ordered and then available at registration on the first day of the programnme. The cost of the book is R1,100.00 including VAT.


Authors: Christa Einspieler; Heinz FR Prechtl; Arend F Bos; Fabrizo Ferrari; Giovanni Cioni

Prechtl's Method on the Qualitative Assessment of General Movements in Preterm, Term and Young Infants
About the book: A quick, non-invasive, non-intrusive and cost-effective method with high reliability and high validity is much in demand for the early detection of neurological anomalies which point to cerebral palsy and developmental deficits later on in life. Over his years as a distinguished developmental neurologist, Heinz Prechtl has devised such a method; a qualitative assessment of general movements (GMs) as a specific predictor for neurological impairments. His method is described in this book. GMs form part of a distinct pattern of movements in preterm babies, term newborns and young infants. They are complex, frequent, and usually of sufficient length. Changes in the normal quality of GMs are a reliable indicator of brain dysfunction. Includes a CD-ROM giving 15 cases selected from the book. Each is of about one minute in duration and demonstrates the different age-specific movement patterns.
If you would like to order your copy, please add the number of copies you require in the Course Registration Form. The cost of the book (R1,100.00 including VAT) will then be added to the registration fee.

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

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