LIVE WEBINAR - MBCTS Neurodevelopmental Symposium - Treating the Whole Child: Using NDT to Improve Function in Feeding/Swallowing, Speech Production and Communication

Apr 30, Friday – May 1, Saturday 1:00pm

Cost: $195
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Treating the Whole Child: Using NDT to Improve Function in Feeding/Swallowing, Speech Production and Communication

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April 30 - May 1, 2021  
Friday, April 30: 1 PM - 4:30 PM
Saturday, May 1:  8:30 - 1 :00 PM 


This course will examine the impact of application of  the NDTA Contemporary Practice Model™ to improve function in feeding/swallowing, speech production/speech intelligibility and communication. As oral motor treatment is certainly utilized in this NDT model, therapists are encouraged to consider relationships between body structures and how stability enhances this work. This NDT approach recognizes the whole child, respecting the necessary integration of multiple body systems (neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, sensory, cognitive, gastrointestinal) necessary for functional skill development and participation..  In this class, we will explore the examination, assessment and treatment in this practice model that includes elements of postural control and stability, functional and biomechanical alignment, and examination of respiratory system function., in addition to traditional observation and analysis of the child’s functional performance within areas of feeding/swallowing, phonation/speech production and functional communication. 

When working with children with neurological pathophysiology, treatment must reflect this integration of several systems simultaneously; active treatment is essential.  With this information, the treating therapist can then prioritize treatment strategies to achieve optimal outcomes and improved participation. 


At the end of this course participants will:
1. Describe components of the NDTA Contemporary Practice
Model™ as these relate to the treatment of feeding/swallowing, speech production and functional communication limitations in children. 
2. Apply the ICF model (WHO, 2002) in examination, assessment and treatment planning.
3. Summarize physiology of feeding, swallowing and respiration/phonation processes with identification of potential limitations and impairments in these areas. 
4. Recognize the relationships between oral motor function and knowledge of biomechanics, alignment, postural control/stability and sensory regulation. 
5. Apply NDT concepts/principles to the treatment of functional limitations in feeding, swallowing and phonation/speech production (prioritizing impairments, establishing treatment sequence, problem solving). 
6. Demonstrate/simulate specific treatment strategies to address issues of alignment, postural activity, active oral mobility and graded control to improve feeding and respiratory/phonatory skills in pediatric patients with neuromotor disorders.  

PRESENTER: Therese McDermott, CScD, CCC-SLP, C/NDT  

Therese McDermott, CScD, CCC-SLP, C/NDT is a Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist with over 35 years of clinical experience specializing in the assessment and treatment of respiratory/phonatory, speech, feeding/swallowing and communication disorders infants and children. Therese is a certified Speech Instructor in Neuro-Developmental Treatment, assisting and teaching in many NDTA certification, NDTA advanced, and specialty topic 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. 

Therese has received her Clinical Doctorate in Speech-Language Pathology with research focus on the treatment of dysarthria in children with cerebral palsy. She has published on this topic in the NDTA Network. 


April 30 - May 1,2021


Friday, April 30: 1 PM - 4:30 PM
Saturday, May 1:  8:30 - 1 :00 PM 


Live Webinar


$195 - Regular Rate after April 5, 2021


7.25 Contact Education Hours, .725 CEUs


Full refund of the course registration fee, less $50 administration fee, will be granted upon receipt of written request postmarked 14 days prior to date of class.

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