Test of Infant Motor Performance (TIMP) Training

Test of Infant Motor Performance (TIMP) Training

Register Now Button‌Date: October 3 - 4,  2014
Time:  8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Instructor: Gay Girolami, PT, MS, PhD
Location:  Sacred Heart University - Cambridge Campus, 7 Cambridge Drive, Trumbull, CT
Cost:  $400
CEHs:  16
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Course Description

The TIMP tests functional motor behavior in infants and was developed or use by physical therapists, occupational therapists, and other health professionals in special care nurseries and early intervention or diagnostic follow-up settings.

This two day workshop is designed for physical therapists and occupational therapists working with infants under 5 months of age. Participants will gain working knowledge of the Test of Infant Motor Performance (TIMP), a new test of functional motor behavior in infants from 34 weeks postconceptional age through 4 months past term.

The TIMP can be used both in special care nursery settings and in early intervention programs, thus facilitating communication among caregivers in different settings. TIMP items are related to demands for movement placed on infants during daily life interactions. Thus the test is an assessment of the posture and movement skills needed by infants for daily life activities.

The TIMP assesses:

  • change in motor performance over time
  • identifies infants at high risk for poor motor outcome
  • can be used to plan and assess outcomes of intervention for babies with low scores.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of the course, participants should be able to:

  1. Gain knowledge of the theoretical background and research on reliability and validity of the TIMP derived from studies of more than 150 infants.
  2. Learn appropriate uses of the TIMP in practice and research.
  3. Develop basic skill in correct administration and scoring of TIMP performance from observation of videotaped assessments.


Course Schedule

FRIDAY:

8:00 - 9:30 TIMP Overview
Concepts underlying the TIMP: Postural and selective movement needed for
functional movement in early infancy; evidence of ecologic validity

9:30 - 10:30 Reliability and Validity
Review of research supporting the test/retest reliability, and the construct,
concurrent, predictive and discriminative validity of the TIMP

10:30 – 10:45 Break

10:45 – 12:30 Item Administration and Scoring
Description, scoring and discussion of the 42 TIMP Items

12:30 - 1:30 Lunch

1:30 - 3:00 Item Administration and Scoring
Description, scoring and discussion of the 42 TIMP Items

3:00 - 3:15 Break

3:15 - 4:30 Item Scoring: Practical Application
Video scoring and discussion of outcomes of a TIMP test on a post-term infant

4:30 - 5:00 Questions
Question and answer session

 

SATURDAY:

8:00 – 9:30 Ensuring Safety in the NICU
The physiological, behavioral and medical issues of the infant in the NICU

9:30 – 10:15 Item Scoring: Practical Application
Video scoring and discussion of outcomes of a TIMP test administered to a
preterm infant in the NICU

10:15 - 10:30 Break

10:30 - 11:30 Filling out the score sheet and using the gestational wheel
How to fill out the score sheets, use the norm table, find age equivalent scores
and calculate gestational and adjusted age of the infant.

11:30 - 12:30 Use of the TIMP to Plan an Evidence-Based Intervention
Interpretation of the TIMP to plan PT and OT interventions for infants.
Discussion of application of TIMP for determining Early Intervention eligibility.

12:30 - 1:30 Lunch

1:30 – 2:45 Item Scoring: Practical Application
Video scoring and discussion of outcomes for a third infant tested
using the TIMP

2:45 - 3:00 Break

3:00 - 4:00 Use of the TIMP to Plan an Evidence-Based Intervention
Interpretation of the TIMP to plan PT and OT interventions for infants.
Discussion of application of TIMP for determining Early Intervention eligibility.

4:00 – 4:30 Questions
Final question and answer session

 


Instructor Biography

Gay L. Girolami, PT, PhD, C/NDT received her physical therapy degree from Marquette University and Master of Science in pediatric physical therapy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Gay also holds a doctoral degree in Motor Control and Learning from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her clinical expertise is centered around the assessment and treatment of infants and children with neurological disorders. Gay has authored articles for peer reviewed journals and is a co-developer of the Test of Infant Motor Performance. She is an NDT instructor and teaches in the US and internationally.

Questions?  Contact Michelle Wormley at wormleym@sacredheart.edu or 203-416-3537