The Observable Movement Quality (OMQ) scale

Target group

Our target audience are clinicians (physiotherapists and occupational therapists) and PhD researchers (rehabilitation scientists, movement and sport scientists) with interest in paediatrics and basic knowledge of paediatric motor development. The online preparatory material will briefly repeat the typical and atypical motor development and prepare for the course in person.


The Observable Movement Quality Scale (OMQ) (1) provides a standardized tool to asses subtle differences in motor development from home infant videos. It has been found reliable, valid and sensitive enough to detect small changes in movement quality indicative of underlying neuro-developmental disorders (NDD) (2,3). In this course, PhD researchers with interest in pediatrics (UGent, UHasselt, KUL) will learn to reliably use the OMQ. Preparatory online material (4-6 hours) will be followed by a full-day of lectures and hands-on workshops with the developer of the OMQ.


In part 1 of the course, online video material will guide participants through the observation of what is considered ‘normal’ and ‘deviant’ motor development in children aged 0-12 years old. Through a series of self-test assessments with feedback, at the end of this part, participants will be able to distinguish between ‘typical’ and ‘atypical’ movements.
In part 2 (a full day of lectures and workshops with Dr. Janssen), students will have insight into the development, structure and aim of the OMQ scale. The relevance of scoring movement quality in the scope of neurodevelopmental disabilities will be highlighted. The current use of the OMQ scale in clinical and research practice will be presented.
Consecutively, students will develop the skills necessary to reliably use the OMQ scale including scoring all 15 movement quality items on a 5-point Likert scale. This will be done by scoring pre-pared videos in different age-groups (0-2y, 2-5y, 6-12y). Demonstrations will be followed by group and individual practical sessions.

Dates and venue

  • 13/12/2022 (8:30 - 16:00): lecture and practical sessions
  • 14/12/2022 (13:00 - 16:30): practical sessions

This is an on-campus course. Classes will be held at B3 at UZ Ghent (Entrance 46), third floor. Classroom 3.2 on Tuesday 13/12. Classroom 3.1 on Wednesday 14/12.


Dr. Anjo Janssen is a children's physiotherapist and an expert in the field of early child development. She is an honorary member of the Dutch Association for Paediatric Physiotherapy and currently teaches at Hogeschool Utrecht in the specialization of Children Physiotherapy. Her research focuses on the development of children with neonatal complications, preterm-born children, and children with metabolic disorders. After graduating in Clinical Health Sciences and Physiotherapy, Dr Janssen's PhD entitled 'Longitudinal motor performance in very preterm children' at Radboud University in Nijmegen was successfully defended in 2012. Within her PhD, she developed the Observable Movement Quality (OMQ), which is used to assess the movement quality of children with and without developmental disorders. Development of the OMQ was achieved by a series of semi-structured interviews, a structured meeting using a nominal group technique and a Delphi consensus involving 61 pediatric physical therapists. Given the scarcity in instruments measuring quality of movement during development, her work is considered highly innovative and a great contribution to the clinical and scientific field.


You can register by sending an e-mail to Amy De Roubaix.

Registration fee

This course is free of charge for doctoral school members. 

Number of participants

Maximum 15



Evaluation criteria (doctoral training programme)

100% attendance in all sessions