An opportunity to build your knowledge and skills and challenge your assumptions, one video clip at a time.
Each week I will post 1 or 2 tutorials each with a video clip which highlights an aspect of development, providing an opportunity to improve your ability to analyze movement using the most-up-to-date theories of motor learning.
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In this tutorial I provide an outline for assessing an infant who is only able to sit with axilla or high thoracic level support. Read more
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Tut 12 Will inspecting a toy with focussed attention to the task
In this video clip you see Will playing with two different toys, each toy eliciting different exploratory behaviors. The intensity of Will's attention to the task at hand is reminder that typically developing infants spend a great deal of time honing their movement abilities.
Tut 11: A review of foundation hand abilities
At 4 months Will has developed all the foundation hand abilities identified by Lobos et al `2014
Tut 10: Development is all about learning to solve the motor problem
Will at 5 months reaching for and manipulating toys within reach
Tut 9: Importance of spending alert and awake time in supine
Will at 4 months: how context shapes behviour
Tut 8: Why infants born pre-term and who are hypermobile develop restricted hip adduction
And why low muscle tone is not the reason
Tut 7 Importance of repeated cycles of moving and perceiving
This week's tutorial gives you the opportunity to watch Will (9 weeks) lying in a soft inclined seat and interacting with toys placed within reach. These clips beautifully illustrates the complex nature of an infant's experience and learning as they engage in repeated cycles of perception and action.
Tut 6 Prone development 5-7 weeks: rolling from prone to supine
Most very young infants do not like being placed in prone and quickly figure out how to roll from prone to supine using complex coordination of the head, trunk and limb segments.
Two video clips of Will, aged 5 and 7 weeks, demonstrate the intentional, goal directed nature of the rolling actions. They also illustrate how Will explores different patterns of inter-limb coordination to initiate the movement. He also has learned to generate and control momentum.
In this tutorial you have the opportunity to observe how Will, over a period of two weeks, gains increasing control of the position of the trunk when he sits with support around the hips.
There are two lines of research into the development of postural control in sitting which provide insight into Will's ability to sit with support at this age.
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