NDTA™ Certificate Course in the Contemporary Practice of NDT for the Management of Adults with Stroke and Brain Injury

Course Description:

This 15-day course provides participants with the critical foundations of NDT including the NDT Clinical Practice Model as applied to individuals post stroke or brain injury.  The curriculum includes the current research supporting the theoretical underpinnings for NDT interventions. The ICF model will be used to aid in clinical decision making and guide clinicians in client assessment and intervention planning.  The roles and expertise of the PT, OT, and SLP disciplines within the NDT Clinical Practice Model will be integrated into the course content. This course fulfills requirements established by the Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association, Inc. (NDTA™, Inc.) for recognition as an approved certificate course.  Course graduates are entitled to take NDTA™, Inc. approved advanced course.

Who should attend:

The applicant must be a registered Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, or Speech Language Pathologist (For both conditional and full registered therapist from AHPC of Singapore).

  • minimum of 1 year of clinical
  • experience following graduation
  • (Excluding student internship), including a minimum of one-year clinical experience
  • with adults with stroke/brain injury,
  • presently working with neurologically
  • impaired adult patients and are returning
  • to a similar caseload after the course and,
  • able to participate fully in physically
  • demanding lab practicums and patient treatment sessions.
Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe and distinguish the key components of the NDTA™ Contemporary Practice Model.
  • Apply the ICF model in the assessment of clients recovering from stroke or brain injury.
  • Analyze components of posture and movement throughout the body in a variety of client presentations, individual presentation with high/ low tone, contraversive pushing behaviors, ataxia, and low functioning individual.
  • Compare and predict the interrelationships between function, posture & movement components, system integrities and impairments in a variety of presentations of individuals with neuromuscular disorders.
  • Establish significant impairments interfering with function, posture and movement components in individuals post stroke or brain injury.
  • Demonstrate and integrate effective NDT clinical reasoning and problem solving, using assessment findings to design sequenced, progressive and goal-oriented treatment plans.
  • Integrate knowledge of neuroplasticity, motor learning, and functional performance when developing efficient treatment plans.
  • Analyze components of functional activities in standing & normal gait and identify common gait deviations of individuals post stroke and brain injury that interfere with efficient, safe ambulation.
  • Develop a sequence of treatment activities to enhance efficient functioning in standing and gait.
  • Describe and examine the basic functional anatomy and kinesiological components of the shoulder girdle.
  • Develop and demonstrate a sequence of treatment activities utilizing closed chain, modified chain, and open chained strategies as appropriate, in preparation for safe use of the UE in functional activities and contexts.
  • Develop and implement therapeutic handling strategies that address multiple impairments simultaneously, including the trunk, lower and upper extremities in functional tasks, resulting in functional changes in the client at the activity and participation level.
  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate the concepts and make informed intervention choices in functional activities and contexts that are meaningful to and engage the client.
  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate the concepts and make informed intervention choices in functional activities and contexts that are meaningful to and engage the client
Training Methodology:
  • Lectures, labs, group problem-solving, and client/patient demonstration by the instructors.