Neuro-Developmental Treatment Approach to Pediatric Gait

October 6-7, 2017

This course is designed for physical and occupational therapists, and assistants treating children with neurological deficits who are acquiring gait, desire to have vertical mobility such as walking, or who currently function in vertical. The acquisition of typical gait and function in vertical will be studied in toddlers and children via slides, video and observation of an assessment and treatment demonstration. Current philosophy and principles of the Neuro-Developmental Treatment approach will be presented as it relates to treatment of gait and acquisition of skills in vertical. Movement labs will be used to facilitate one another through movement transitions and to learn handling techniques for the treatment of gait and functional tasks typically done in vertical. Observation of a gait assessment and treatment session will show treatment and handling techniques on a client.

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • identify at least 10 aspects of typical development as regards the development of pre-gait and gait skills via slides, video, and observation of mature gait
  • identify the biomechanical alignment that is most energy efficient in the acquisition of pre-gait and gait skills via slides and video
  • identify the characteristics of gait in the typically developing population
  • use task analysis to identify the movement components and missing movement components while observing a child during function in vertical
  • facilitate at least 15 movement transitions and functional skills for pre-gait and gait training that are appropriate for the pediatric population on another adult in lab.
  • list activities of daily living/routines that will inspire carry-over in the home and school environment


Texas Children's Hospital
Feigin Center
1102 Bates, 1st floor conference room
Houston, Texas 77030

Cost -  


Earned credits -  

 14 contact hours or CCU’s through TPTA and TOTA


Jane Styer-Acevedo, PT, DPT, C/NDT has been Adjunct Faculty at Arcadia University since 1991, teaching in the Physical Therapy Department and maintains a clinical practice, treating individuals through the lifespan with neurological challenges. She is a master clinician in the areas of pediatrics, neurology, and therapeutic aquatics and has been teaching continuing education workshops, nationally and internationally since 1983. Jane’s scope of teaching includes aquatic and “land-based” courses in Australia, Europe, Asia, India, and North, Central, and South America. She is an Active Pediatric Coordinator Instructor for the Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association, Inc. and teaches continuing education of varying lengths related to the NDT Approach. Jane excels in the problem-based approach to promoting functional shifts for an individual through therapeutic intervention from the acute phase, through rehabilitation, and community entry or re-entry towards life long health and fitness.


Day One

8:00     Registration

8:30     Morning Content (with a 15 minute break)

            Typical Development towards Function in Vertical

            Acquisition and Development of Gait

            Handling Lab

12:00   Lunch (on your own)

1:00     Afternoon Content (with a 15 minute break)

            Assessment and Treatment Demonstration

            Handling Lab

5:00     End of Day

Day Two

8:00     Continental Breakfast

8:30     Morning Content (with a 15 minute break)

            International Classification of Function (ICF Model) as it Relates  to Client Assessment and Treatment

            Task Analysis Towards Functional Goals in Vertical

            Handling Lab

12:30   Lunch (on your own)

1:30     Afternoon Content (with a 15 minute break)

            Client Assessment and Treatment Demonstration Handling Lab

5:00     End of Course


Wyndham Medical Center
6800 Main
Houston, Texas 77030

  • Nightly rate: $109.00 (price varies based on room availability)
  • Reservations or contact Jade LeBeauf at 713-577-1230

Angela Dumas