Prechtl Assessment of General Movements-Basic and Advanced Course June 25-28, 2018


Colleen Peyton, PT, DPT & Christa Einspieler, Ph.D.

The University of New England is proud to offer both basic and advanced general movement assessment courses. 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 shows that qualitative assessment of General Movements (GMs) — a specific type of spontaneous movement — under the age of five months is the best predictor of cerebral palsy. This course fulfills the standards specified by the General Movements Trust ( The course will consist of lessons, demonstration, and discussions 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 be required to take a final test to receive a certificate of reliability in this method of assessment. Participants registering for the advanced course must complete the basic training course prior to attending the advanced course. Advanced course participants will learn more detailed scoring systems and have the opportunity to review their own recordings with a tutor.
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.
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.


The registration fee includes course materials, continental breakfast, and refreshment breaks. Lunch and accommodations
are not included in the registration fee. Registration fees are used to cover the costs of providing this seminar. While
registration is open until the start of the conference, we encourage early registration because it enables us to provide the
best possible service to participants.

BASIC Course $875 | Early Registration Basic $825
ADVANCED Course $900 | Early Registration Advanced $850
Residents/Fellows $600 Only faxed registrations with letter of verification can be accepted. Last Day for Early Registration is March 31, 2018.


University of New England
Portland, ME


April Plante

(207) 221-4521

Prechtl Registration Form
8:00 AM
University of New England

Portland Campus