General Course Objectives

It is currently well known that spontaneous activity is a major characteristic of neural tissue. At an early age, the brain’s spontaneous activity is reflected in spontaneous movements. These movements drive development. 

In this lecture, I will first address the development of the human nervous system. The brain’s development is a complex and long-lasting process. This offers challenges for early detection of developmental disorders and opportunities for early intervention. 

Next, I will discuss typical and atypical motor development in the framework of the Neuronal Group Selection Theory. Key words are ‘variation’ and ‘adaptability’. Special attention will be paid to the development of postural control 

  1. Outline

    • Changing concepts on brain function in the last decennia
    • Development of the human nervous system
    • Typical and atypical motor development in the light of the Neuronal Group Selection Theory


    1. Participants acquire insight in the changing concepts on brain function 
    2. Participants acquire knowledge on the development of the human brain
    3. Participants acquire knowledge on typical and atypical motor development in the light of the Neuronal Group Selection Theory


Course Instructor: Mijna Hadders-Algra MD, PhD

Dr. Hadders-Algra is internationally renowned for her contribution to Developmental Neurology.

She has (co)authored over 300 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and authored/edited eight books, including a book on Early Detection and Early Intervention in Developmental Motor Disorders.

Her research deals in particular with pathophysiology, early detection of neurodevelopmental disabilities and early intervention. The research on pathophysiology focuses on general movements and postural control, that on early detection on the general movements, Infant Motor Profile and Standardized Infant NeuroDevelopmental Assessment. Together with Tineke Dirks she developed the family-centered early intervention program COPCA (COPing with and CAring for infants with special needs).

Dr. Hadders-Algra is a professor of Developmental Neurology in Groningen, the Netherlands, and frequently teaches and lectures about early detection and early intervention worldwide.   

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Typical and Atypical Motor Development in the Light of the Neuronal Group Selection Theory

October 16th, 2022 
9:00 am – 11:00 am PST

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