Updates from Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology –April 2022
SINDA: Standardized Infant NeuroDevelopmental Assessmentt
Mijna Hadders-Algra, Uta Tacke, Joachim Pietz, Heike Philippi
Is there a way to accurately predict neurodevelopmental disability within the first year of life? Standardized Infant NeuroDevelopmental Assessment (SINDA) has been developed as a screening instrument for infants aged 6 weeks to 12 months corrected age, to assist early detection of infants at high risk of neurodevelopmental disorders. It is the first developmental instrument to allow a comprehensive (360-degree) approach including “all” dimensions of development. With assessment in less than 10 minutes, SINDA can be used quickly in virtually any environment and requires only simple equipment.
Key papers this month
Conceptualization of quality of life in autistic individuals
This study by Evers et al. reviews 174 articles examining the concept of quality of life in individuals with autism. The authors found that parents report a lower quality of life compared with autistic individuals themselves and argue that self-report should be the criterion standard for quality of life.
Eye movements and stress during eye-tracking gaming performance in children with dyskinetic cerebral palsy
The majority of children with dyskinetic cerebral palsy rely on eye-tracking technology for communication and computer access. In this study, Bekteshi et al. highlight the importance of early provision of eye-tracking technology to maximize its benefits in activities of daily living.
We are very saddened to hear of the passing of Professor Richard Robinson. Richard contributed a great deal to Mac Keith Press over the years and he will be dearly missed. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.