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Paediatric Assessments and Interventions 

Posture and Fine Motor Assessment of Infants
Jane Case-Smith and Rosemarie Bigsby, 2000

Determine intervention needs for 
developmentally delayed children

Age Range:
2 to 12 months

Individual - 25 to 30 minutes

Use this early intervention assessment tool in a clinical or medical setting to determine if a child's motor skills are developmentally delayed. The assessment yields criterion-referenced scores and information that can be used to plan intervention and treatment programmes.

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 is organised 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 - onne for posture and one for fine motor skills:

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