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Pediatr Phys Ther. 2008 Summer;20(2):152-9. doi: 10.1097/PEP.0b013e3181729de8.

Effectiveness of the Test of Infant Motor Performance as an educational tool for mothers.

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  • 1Physical Therapy Department, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

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  • Pediatr Phys Ther. 2008 Fall;20(3):241.



To determine if the Test of Infant Motor Performance (TIMP) could be used as an educational tool for mothers; if learning is dependent on the format used or the tester; and if mothers could retain information provided on motor development of infants born prematurely over a short period of time.


Twenty-eight mother-infant pairs were assigned to either a pictorial format group or a text-only format group. Mothers completed a survey before and after observing 1 of 2 therapists perform the TIMP on their infant.


A 2-way analysis of variance showed a significant improvement in the mother's survey scores from the pretest to the post-test (p < 0.0001). Tester and format did not produced significant differences in mother's scores. On a follow-up telephone call 91% recalled activities to help their infant's development.


The TIMP was shown to be effective for educating mothers about infant motor development.

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