Posture and Fine Motor Assessment of Infants
Overview: Determine intervention needs of developmentally delayed children.
Age Range: 2 to 12 months
Administration: 25-30 minutes
Norms: Criterion Referenced
Publication Date: 2000
Use this early intervention assessment tool in a clinical or medical setting to determine if a 2- to 12-month-old child's motor skills are developmentally delayed. The assessment yields criterion-referenced scores and information that can be used to plan intervention and treatment programs. The results can also be used to document incremental progress over short time periods.
The assessment is based on the dynamical systems theory and on the therapist's non-intrusive observation of the child's posture and fine motor abilities. The parent's presence during the evaluation is encouraged.
The evaluation takes just 25 to 30 minutes. It is organized by two age groups: infants 2 to 6 months old (those who need help sitting up) and infants 6 to 12 months old (those who can sit up without assistance). The scales for each age group follow the natural sequence of the child's motor development that supports play with objects during the first year. Each age group has two sets of items–one for posture and one for fine motor skills. Posture items address control and proximal stability/mobility. Fine motor skill items address the infant's reaching and grasping patterns, finger and thumb movements, release, and manipulation.