Pediatric NDT: Treatment Intensive

June 1 - 2, 2019

This course will address utilizing current NDT intervention strategies for the pediatric client aged 0-18 with neuromotor challenges (ex CP, Down Syndrome, TBI and other syndromes). Information presented will address using the ICF for assessment/evaluation while practicing intervention strategies for improvements towards function. Participants will be assisted to improve their observational and direct handling skills with analysis and problem solving using NDT techniques. Both didactic lecture and hands-on labs will be presented throughout this course. Therefore, it is recommended that participants bring comfortable clothing for treatment labs. In addition to didactic information and handling practice, videos, and problem-solving labs may be used to further enhance learning. Discussion will be included addressing current research and adjuncts used with pediatric clients.

Course Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the basis for NDT including history and current NDT philosophy with clinical application for assessment and intervention planning using ICF model.
  • Identify key components during assessment of single and multiple system impairments addressing the postural and movement systems for intervention and improved function. 
  • Discuss using current concepts of NDT to identify a functional goal, identify key impairments and plan treatment intervention strategies.
  • Demonstrate a variety of handling strategies utilizing NDT intervention for improving functional independence.
  • Discuss adjunctive therapies to assist with direct handling and functional improvements.


Texas Children's Hospital - West Campus
18200 Katy Freeway, 1st floor conference room
Houston, Texas 77094
(I-10 and Barker Cypress)

Cost -  


Earned credits -  

This course meets the criteria for 13.5 contact hours (1.35 CEUs). Application has been made to the NJ Board of Physical Therapy Examiners and the PA State Board of Physical Therapy. Approved provider by the TX Physical Therapy Association. This course meets the approval for type 2 CEUs by the TX Board of OT Examiners. Approved provider by the NY State Board of Physical therapy for 16.2 contact hours. A p p r o v e d p r o v i d e r o f c o n t i n u i n g Education by the American Occupational Therapy Association #3043 for 13.5 contact hours (1.4 CEUs) - Intermediate Level. Occupational Therapy Process: assessment, intervention. The assignment of AOTA CEU’s does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products or clinical procedures by AOTA. NBCOT professional development provider 13.5 PDUs

This course meets the criteria for 13.5 hours toward NDTA re-certification. Please contact us with any special needs requests: or 508-350-0533

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Debbie Evans Rogers, PT, PhD, PCS, C/NDT is an internationally known and respected clinician and published researcher. She offers a unique perspective combining clinical expertise with pediatric research knowledge. She has assisted students and presented pediatric courses throughout the United States and abroad including Romania, Nicaragua, India, China, and Chile. She is a pediatric physical therapist with over 30 years of clinical experience specializing in assessment, intervention and research in children with neuro-motor involvement. She is trained in pediatric Neuro-developmental Treatment and baby treatment and is an NDTA Coordinator Instructor. She is currently serving as the Secretary of the NDTA Instructors Group and is co-chair of the Research group. She has served on the NDTA Board of Directors as the Director of Regions and Past President (appointed) and has been on the research committee since 2013. She is an APTA Pediatric Clinical Specialist since 1996. She has worked in private practice both in the home and clinic settings, schools, early intervention, home health, acute care, NICU, and outpatient hospital clinics offering insightful information in a variety of physical therapy settings. Her research on intensive therapy “Short-term, Intensive Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) Program Experiences of Parents and their Children with Disabilities” was published and can be reviewed in Pediatric Physical Therapy (Spring 2015 Vol 27(1) 61-71).

Disclosure: Financial: Debra Evan-Rogers receives a speaking fee from Education Resources, Inc. Non-Financial: Debra Evans- Rogers is a non-paid NDTA instructor.


Day One:

  • 8:00-8:30 Registration/Continental Breakfast
  • 8:30-10:15 Current NDT Philosophy/Research/ICF/Assessment
  • 10:15-10:30 Break
  • 10:30-12:00 Handling Principles: Typical/Atypical Movement including Hypo/Hypertonia/Dystonia and Ataxia
  • 12:00-1:00 Lunch (on your own)
  • 1.00-3:15 Case study-hypertonia/dystonia including assessment - single/multisystem impairments and problem solving with intervention/Lab
  • 3:15-3:30 Break
  • 3:30-5:00 Lab

Day Two:

  • 7:30-8:00 Continental Breakfast
  • 8:00-10:30 Lifespan Approach-Therapist roles through infancy, childhood, school age, and adolescence/young child
  • 10:30-10:45 Break
  • 10:45-12:00 Movement Lab/Problem solving: Hypotonia/Hypertonia
  • 12:00-1:00 Lunch (on your own)
  • 1:00-3:00 Movement Lab (cont.)
  • 3:00-3:15 Break
  • 3:15-4:00 Adjuncts/Cooperative Therapies: Intensives/Sensory/Equipment/Taping-Straps/Compression Garments
  • Questions


Hampton Inn & Suites
18014 Park Row Drive
Houston, TX 77084