Useful as a textbook for students studying motor development and motor behaviour, this work also serves as a reference for motor development, motor behaviour, and early childhood specialists. It describes motor development during the first two years of a child's life, focusing mainly on the crucial first year, during which the greatest changes occur in relation to the entire life span. It integrates information from a variety of disciplines in order to encourage a broader perspective to the understanding of infant motor development. Including the development of voluntary movements such as posture, stability, balance and orientation, manual control of reaching and grasping, and locomotor control of creeping and walking, it looks at motor development difficulties faced by premature infants, who require special assessment and intervention strategies, and examines two specific disabilities: Cerebral Palsy and Down Syndrome.
Jan Piek is an associate professor at the Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Australia. She has over fifteen years of experience in the research of infant motor development.
Part I: Foundations of Infant Motor Development; Chapter 1: Early Movement Capabilities: The Precursors of Motor Control; Chapter 2: Theoretical Approaches to Motor Development: Traditional and Current Chapter 3: The brain and motor control: Motor development and neural plasticity; Part II: The Development of Voluntary Movement Control; Chapter 4: Development of postural control: Stability, balance and orientation.; Chapter 5: Manual control: Development of reaching and grasping; Chapter 6: Locomotion: The development of creeping and walking; Part III: Assessment of Motor Ability In Infants; Chapter 7: Infant Motor Assessment: Choosing an appropriate test.; Chapter 8: Infant motor assessment: Neurobehavioral and other tests for the newborn.; Chapter 9: Infant motor assessment: Diagnostic and screening tests; Part IV: Motor Control and Developmental Disorders; Chapter 10: Motor development in preterm infants: A special case for assessment and intervention; Chapter 11: Cerebral Palsy: Research and intervention in infancy; Chapter 12 - Down Syndrome: Resarch and intervention in infancy.