SOMP-I is an assessment method that enables a structured and detailed assessment of an infant’s motor performance.
The aim of SOMP-I is to be able to in detail describe the infant’s motor performance, both level of motor development and quality of motor performance at the infant’s own achieved level, to early detect infants with motor problems in need of intervention. The method covers the infants first 10-12 month (corrected age for preterm infants), which provides the possibility to track the infant’s motor performance over time.
Research on the method’s reliability and validity as well as the long-running clinical use of SOMP-I has been positive. SOMP-I has shown not only to be a valuable clinical tool for the assessor, but also a pedagogical tool in the dialog with the infant’s caregivers.