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The ability to move unrestrictedly is key to an infant's cognitive development. Impairment in this area can indicate an array of disorders such as autism, cerebral palsy, and genetic diseases—and in these cases, early detection and intervention is imperative.

In Newborn Movement Assessment, author and movement integration specialist Michelle M. Turner offers a comprehensive guide to help determine a baby’s developmental concerns, as well as provide effective treatments to stimulate the child’s movement patterns through gentle touch.

Through step-by-step instructions for evaluating a child’s birthing process, assessing the rotation, and introducing a healthy touch, Turner shows you how to catch an infant's lack of response to movement immediately upon birth. She then offers the necessary tools to help you assess and change the baby's ability to react to stimulus, with the ultimate goal of improving the newborn’s cognitive development.

In the vein of What to Expect the First Year and What to Expect When the New Baby Comes Home by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel, this comprehensive guide empowers both parents and professionals alike to assess and integrate a newborn's growth.