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Journal of Human Growth and Development

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SACCANI, Raquel  and  VALENTINI, Nadia C.. Análise do desenvolvimento motor de crianças de zero a 18 meses de idade: representatividade dos ítens da alberta infant motor scale por faixa etária e posturaAnalysis of motor development of infants from zero to 18 months of age: representativeness of the motors items of the alberta infant motor scale by age and posture. Rev. bras. crescimento desenvolv. hum. [online]. 2010, vol.20, n.3, pp. 711-722. ISSN 0104-1282.

OBJECTIVE: evaluate the motor development of infants from 0 to 18 months and the representativeness of the motors items in the child assessment proposed by Alberta Infant Motor Scale. METHOD: transversal and observational study, causal comparative, where in participated 561 infants, evaluated with the AIMS, aging from 0 to 18 months, coming from Kinder gardens, Children Education schools, Health Basic Units of Rio Grande do Sul. RESULTS: The motor development of 63, 5% were considered with a normal for their age and 36,5% presented delays or delay´s risk, is that, the infants aging from 3 to 12 months were the ones with the worst development. It was found inferiority in the motor behaviors regarding the prono and standing postures and a bigger AIMS sensibility analysing motor behaviors in the first life year, considering that it is hard to notice children development from 12 months. CONCLUSIONS: observed progressive sequence of appearance of motor abilities in the evaluated postures, although some children were considered with an inferior motor development according to what was expected by their age. The scale has a inbalance, a discontinuity in intensity of difficulty´s levels, at diferents ages. It is suggested that the age-factor, postural control and evaluation instrument influenced in the motor development of the infants.

Keywords : desenvolvimento infantil; destreza motora; fatores de risco; child development; motor skills; risk factors.

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