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.
Part I: Foundations of Infant Motor Development Chapter 1. Early Movement Capabilities
Sensory Capabilities in the Newborn
Motor Development in Infancy
Chapter 2. Theoretical Approaches to Motor Development
Historical Overview of Theoretical 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
Manual Asymmetries in Infancy
Chapter 6. Locomotion: Development of Creeping and Walking
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
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
Recent Technological Advances in Diagnostic Assessment
Part IV: Motor Control and Developmental Disorders Chapter 10. Motor Development in Preterm Infants
Causes of Premature Birth and Low Birth Weight
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
About the Author
A reference for specialists in motor development, motor behavior, early childhood, and rehabilitation; a textbook for undergraduate and graduate motor development courses.
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.