Article Summary: Children Born With Congenital Zika Syndrome Display Atypical Gross Motor Development and a Higher Risk for Cerebral Palsy

Posted on: February 24, 2019 | By: rbeck6 | Filed under: Alberta Infant Motor Scale (AIMS)

Citation: Marques FJP, Teixeira MCS, Barra RR, Lima FM, Dias BLS, Pupe C, Nascimento OJM, Leyser M. Children Born With Congenital Zika Syndrome Display Atypical Gross Motor Development and a Higher Risk for Cerebral Palsy. Journal of Child Neurology. 2019; 34(2): 81-85. Doi: 10.1177/0883073818811234   Purpose: The purpose of this study was to look into the potential effects of congenital Zika syndrome on overall motor development and risk of cerebral palsy using the AIMS and the Bayley III Scales alongside neuroimaging and lab testing.   Study Population: This study looked at 39 infants (23 male and 16 female) who had been diagnosed with congenital Zika syndrome. The study began at 6 months old and ended at 18 months. 30 of the initial 69 infants that were recruited were excluded due to various reasons such as irregular follow-up appointments and other conditions that would affect outcomes.   Methods: The authors initially…

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Alberta Infant Motor Scale Article Summary

Posted on: February 24, 2019 | By: hbecker2 | Filed under: Alberta Infant Motor Scale (AIMS)

Descriptive Information: Purpose: The Alberta Infant Motor Scale (AIMS) was developed by Martha Piper and Johanna Darrah in order to assess the development of motor milestones and what steps are necessary to attain them. The AIMS is also important in helping to identify “at risk” populations based on a variety of diagnoses. Cost: 50 copies at Amazon for $46.06, 50 copies at Elsevier for $48.95 Training: The Alberta Infant Motor Scale (AIMS) does not have required training before administration. However, online training courses are available in order to help physical and occupational therapists in the birth to three system determine what individuals the AIMS is best intended for as well as most accurate interpretation of results. Test Type: discriminative, evaluative, observational Population: pre-term and full-term infants aged 0-18 months Revisions: A 2014 re-evaluation study of the AIMS found that the normative values established by Piper and Darrah remain appropriate when…

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AIMS Update and Article Review 2017

Posted on: March 6, 2017 | By: lbissing | Filed under: Alberta Infant Motor Scale (AIMS), Discriminatory

Updated Information: Time Requirements: A trained evaluator should be able to complete the AIMS assessment within 20-25 minutes. Strengths: The AIMS takes into account 4 different functional positions to assess infant motor skills. AIMS includes percentiles for raw scores so that infants can be assessed comparatively and atypical development can be identified. Weaknesses: The data for the AIMS was collected almost 30 years ago and are reflective of Canadian infants. It has been shown that when determining if infants are at risk or developing atypically, these norms may not be reflective for all geographical, socioeconomic or cultural groups. Clinical Applications: AIMS is a tool used to identify motor development delays in infants. Article Summary: New Brazilian developmental curves and reference values for the Alberta infant motor scale The Alberta Infant Motor Scale (AIMS) was originally validated in Canada and thus the established norms are reflective of Canadian infants. This study…

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Alberta Infant Motor Scale (AIMS)

Posted on: March 13, 2015 | By: cbaliker | Filed under: Alberta Infant Motor Scale (AIMS), T&M Tools

1. Descriptive Information. Title, Edition, Dates of Publication and Revision: Piper MC, Darrah J. Motor Assessment of the Developing Infant. Philadelphia , PA: Saunders; 1994. Authors: Martha C Piper and Johanna Darrah Costs: Pack for 50 score sheets is $48.95. Elsevier; http://store.elsevier.com/ Purpose: To measure the motor development for infants at risk for motor delay, focusing on attaining motor milestones and components necessary to attain the milestones. The AIMS takes into consideration three criteria related to quality of movement: weight distribution, posture and movement against the force of gravity. Type of Test: performance based, norm-referenced observational measure Target Population and Ages: Infants 0-18 months or until child is able to independently walk 2. Test Administration. Administration: observation of spontaneous activity Scoring: The AIMS consists of 58 items, including 4 positions: prone (21 items), supine (9 items), sitting (12 items) & standing(16 standing). Each item is scored as ‘observed’ or ‘not observed’….

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