Lois Bly's - Why is it Important to Work on The Trunk and Postural Control?

Aug 28, Saturday – Aug 28, Saturday 8:30am – 5:30pm

Cost: $225 Early Bird Rate (thru July 20,2021)
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Saturday, August 28, 2021  

8:30 am – 5:30 pm


Lois Bly, PT, MA, C/NDT

Course Description:

Trunk alignment is often used to describe “posture”. A hallmark of NDT is working on posture and postural control, thus the trunk, to improve functional skills. Let’s take a deeper look into the role of the trunk and postural control. Trunk postural control, alignment, stability and mobility directly impact functional use of the upper and lower extremities. Therefore, understanding the kinesiological, sensory, neural and cognitive relationships between the trunk, head, shoulder girdle, and pelvis are critical to improve function. 

How do the “ABCD’S of NDT” relate to the trunk? Trunk control is important in positions, transitions and balance. How? The trunk serves as the point of attachment of all head, neck, scapula, shoulder girdle and hip muscles. The Alignment of the trunk from the Base of Support affects the action of these muscles. The Center of Mass (COM) varies but is approximately at the level of the second sacral vertebrae. Trunk movements affect the control and movement of the COM and thus affect balance.

Course objectives:

  • ​Identify and describe typical kinesiological components of trunk alignment and control and how they affect function.

  • Identify and describe atypical kinesiological components of trunk alignment and control and how they affect function.
  • Identify and describe how atypical trunk alignment affects head, upper extremity and lower extremity control and function. 
  • List the systems involved in trunk and postural control.
  • Describe the movements infants practice to develop trunk control and extremity control on the three planes of movement.
  • Describe and analyze how the sensory systems impact trunk control.
  • Describe and demonstrate the significance of the “ABCs of NDT”. Describe how they are use in assessment and treatment.
  • Identify and practice several treatment techniques that can be utilized on all 3 planes of motion to achieve dynamic control of the trunk and extremities during functional activities. 


Lois Bly, PT, MA, C/NDT, is an NDTA Coordinator Instructor and clinician who has offered seminars, workshops and NDT certification courses throughout the United States, and many other countries. Ms. Bly was certified in Neuro-Developmental Treatment by the Bobaths in London and studied with 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. Ms. Bly is the author of several books: Baby Treatment Based on NDT Principles; Motor Skills Acquisition in the First Year; Motor Skills Checklist; Facilitation Techniques Based on NDT Principles, coauthored with Allison Whiteside; and Components of Typical and Atypical Motor Development. In 2000, she received the NDTA Award of Excellence in 2000. In 2009 she received the APTA Pediatric Section Jeanne Fischer Mentorship Award.


Good Samaritian Hospital
In the Gordon Education Center
401 -  15th Ave. SE
Puyallup, WA 98372

Please Note: We are planning for this course to be an in-person course. In the event we are unable to hold in-person due to COVID restrictions, a decision will be  made  no later than  July 30, 2021.


Saturday, August 28, 2021

8:30 am – 5:30 pm


$250  Regular Rate after July 20, 2021                                        


7.5  CEUs (7.5 Education Contact Hours, .75 CEU's)


Normajean Friend - Education Program Assistant

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Full refund of the course registration fee, less $75 administration fee, will be granted upon receipt of written request post marked 21 days prior to date of class.

Location Details

Good Samaritan Hospital In the Gordon Education Center-
Puyallup, WA 98372

Contact Details

[email protected]

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