NDT/Bobath Certificate Course in Management and Treatment of Children with Cerebral Palsy and other Neuromotor Disorders

June 5-10 & 12-17, 2017; July 10-15 & 17-22, 2017; August 7-12 & 14-18, 2017

The certificate course in Neuro-Developmental Treatment is one of the longest post-graduate courses currently offered to profession­als in the fields of physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech pathology. It is an intensive training course comprising both theoretical and practical constructs developed by Dr. and Mrs. Karel Bobath, and conforms to the standards established by the North American NDTA, Inc.

The NDT/Bobath Certificate Course is taught by a team of professionals who have extensive experience in the use of an NDT philosophy in hospital, private practice and school settings. A certified NDTA Coordinator-Instructor is in charge of this course and she will be assisted by other NDTA certified instructors who represent the disciplines of Physical Therapy, Occupa­tion­al Therapy and Speech Pathology. Additional appropriate profession­als will also teach in the course.

More than half of the course is practical and clinical in nature.  There are daily facilitation sessions that involve facilitating classmates and being facilitated by classmates through all treatment techniques.  Participants will also assess and treat patients of various ages with cerebral palsy or other neuromotor disorders. These supervised patient treatment practicums will be an ongoing part of the course.

Care is taken throughout the course to present the material in an integrated fashion with the hope that students will gain a true interdisciplinary understanding of the NDT approach as it relates to the various aspects of cerebral palsy, especially in regards to therapeutic intervention.


(1)       All participants must be recognized in their state or country as a certified or licensed professional: Licensed Physical Therapist, Registered Occupational Therapist, or Certified Speech Pathologist, C.C.C. (Masters Degree). 

(2)        One year professional experience with children with cerebral palsy and related neuromotor disorders is recommended.

(3)       Current employment and direct clinical caseload of children with cerebral palsy (can include children with developmental delays or other related neuromotor problems).

(4)       Physical ability to fully participate in all aspects of the strenuous nature of this course. Activities including lifting and carrying clients may be done daily.

(5)       Proof of professional liability insurance coverage throughout the course. 

Course Objectives

At the end of this course, participants will be able to: 

At the end of this course, the participants will be able to:

  • Observe, analyze and synthesize effective and ineffective posture and movement and their impact on a client’s functional abilities / limitations
  • Demonstrate integration of course content information within practicum assignment:
    • Postural control
    • Typical/Atypical development
    • Evaluation and Treatment planning
    • Treatment
    • Analysis and facilitation of movement
    • Parent training/home management
    • Team work
    • PT, OT, ST content
    • Neurophysiology
  • Identify components of typical movement and how it relates to the development of: sensory processing, upper and lower extremity, visual motor function, gait, feeding and speech.
  • Problem solve ineffective posture and movement, and single system impairments as it relates to sensory processing, upper and lower extremity, visual motor function, gait, feeding and speech.and chose effective NDT strategies to address identified functional limitations.

Texas Children's Hospital
17198 St. Luke’s Way, Suite 300
The Woodlands, TX 77384

Cost -  

Member - $4200.00; Non Member - $4425.00

Earned credits -  

CEU’s:  ASHA and AOTA approved. Pursuing PT CEU’s Course content specific to AOTA CEUs:  Domain of Occupational Therapy, Occupational Process and Professional Issues. Course Level:  Intermediate AOTA does not endorse specific content, products or clinical procedures


Lois Bly, PT, MA, C/NDT is an internationally respected NDTA Coordinator Instructor and clinician who has offered seminars, workshops and NDT certificate courses throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Chile, South Africa, Hong Kong, Scotland and Ireland. Ms. Bly was certified in Neuro-Developmental Treatment by the Bobaths in London, and received her NDT Instructors Certification from Mary Quinton and Dr. Elsbeth Koeng of Switzerland. She received her Master’s Degree in Motor Learning at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is the author of the monograph, Components of Normal Movement During the First Year of Life and Abnormal Motor Development, and the books Motor Skills Acquisition in the First Year and Baby Treatment Based on NDT Principles and co-author with Allison Whiteside of the book Facilitation Techniques Based on NDT Principles. She also published the Motor Skills Checklist based on the book Motor Skills Acquisition in the First Year. Her most recent publication, 2011, is a monograph, Components of Typical and Atypical Motor Development.

Lisa Madigan-Carey, PT, MS, C/NDT is an NDTA physical therapy instructor with 25 years of experience in pediatrics. Lisa received her bachelor’s degree from Boston University and her master’s degree from Long Island University. She has extensive experience in pediatric rehabilitation serving individuals and their families with variety of neurological and developmental disabilities. Lisa has had the pleasure of working in a variety of pediatric setting including early intervention, inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient rehabilitation. Lisa teaches education courses nationally and internationally since 2010. Currently Lisa enjoys a dynamic private practice working with infants, and children with neurological challenges.

Diane Fritts Ryan OTR/L, received her BS. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Illinois. Her work experience includes assessment and treatment of infants, children and young adults with neurological disorders as well as developmental delays. Diane works in an outpatient clinic which offers a multidisciplinary approach to pediatric treatment including: OT, PT, ST, Technology, Nutrition, and SW services. Diane teaches the OT portion of the Basic Pediatric Certificate course, the Advanced Baby course and Advanced UE course as well as other short courses related to UE and hand treatment. She has training in adjuncts of: Kinesiotaping, NMES, TES, and the AHA Evaluation. Diane has publications in the NDTA Newsletter as well as coauthored book chapters on assessment and treatment of infants with neurological conditions.

Therese McDermott, MHS, CCC-SLP, is a Speech/Language Pathologist with over 30 years of experience specializing in the assessment and treatment of infants and children with neuromotor feeding and speech disorders. Therese is a certified Advanced Speech Instructor in Neuro-Developmental Treatment, assisting and teaching in many courses. Currently employed in Private Practice, Therese continues to provide assessment and direct treatment, as well as, mentoring, therapist instruction and course/conference presentation nationally and internationally.


Course runs Monday through Saturday from 8:00-6:30 pm. The course curriculum includes lectures, lab practicums, treatment demonstrations, and treatment practicums. The schedule will vary in content each day but hours will remain.

8:00-10:15       Lecture

10:15-10:30     Break

10:30-11:30     Treatment Demo

11:30-12:00     Discussion

12:00-1:00       Lunch

1:00-2:45         Lab Practicum

2:45-3:00         Break

3:00-4:30         Treatment Practicum (Daily)

4:30-5:00         Discussion

5:00-6:30         Lab Practicum

6:30                 Close


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