Kim Barthel - Neuro-Developmental Treatment for the Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder:Treating the Movement Challenges of ASD

Jun 5, Friday – Jun 6, Saturday 8:30am – 5:00pm

Cost: $435 Early Bird Rate thru 5/1/20 then $460
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June 5 - 6, 2020, 8:30 am - 5 pm


- Kim Barthel, BMR, OTR ,C/NDT

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Course Description:

The movement challenges of Autism are often neglected in the treatment perspective offered by the Occupational therapist or Physical Therapist working with children with ASD.  Current motor control literature and neurobiological research highlight the motor systems impairments in this growing population of epidemic proportion.  Neuro-Developmental Treatment is a frame of reference guiding therapists in their understanding of the analysis and treatment of posture and movement traditionally in children with cerebral palsy.  This course will take the concepts of NDT and bridge them into the analysis and treatment of posture and movement in ASD.  Comparison and contrast between ASD motor patterns and typical development will be highlighted offering a basis for the facilitation of new motor learning through hands on practical labs.

Course objectives:

  1. The learner will acquire a preliminary understanding of the neurobiology of movement disorders in ASD.

  2. The learner will develop an introductory understanding of the concepts of Neuro-Developmental Treatment.

  3. The learner will acquire a comparative understanding between typical motor development and the motor control issues in ASD.

  4. The learner will acquire introductory skills in hands on facilitation of movement patterns in the child with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Day One

* There will be a 15 minute break each morning and each afternoon.

8:30 AM - 10AM         

  • What is happening in the brain of ASD that contributes to motor related issues?

10:15AM - Noon -

  • Neuro-Develpmental Treatment concepts in ASD

Noon -1 PM

  • lunch on your own

1 PM - 2 PM

  • Treatment Demonstration

2 PM - 2:30 PM

  • Discussion

2:45 PM - 4 PM

  • Comparison of Typical and ASD movement patterns
4 PM - 5 PM
  • Treatment Lab

Day Two

8:30 AM - 10 AM       

  • Postural Control and Core Facilitation
10 :15AM  - Noon
  • Treatment Lab with hands on facilitation practicum

Noon to 1 PM

lunch on your own

1 PM to 2:30 PM     

  • Facilitating Movement Sequences through Space
2:45 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Treatment Lab with hands on facilitation practicum
4:30 PM - 5 PM
  • Application in Natural Environments


Kim Barthel, OTR

Kim Barthel is an international speaker, teacher and author from Canada. Kim is an advanced neuro-developmental treatment (NDT) instructor, a sensory integration instructor, and an Occupational Therapist with 35+ years’ experience who trains therapists and educators the world over on many topics. Kim's special interests include complex behaviour, neurobiology, attachment theory, trauma and mental health. Her mission is to support the conscious evolution of the human spirit.


Mary Bridge Children’s Therapy
402 15th AVE SE
Puyallup, WA 98372
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Friday & Saturday, June 5 - 6, 2020
 8:30 am – 5 pm


$435 - Early Bird rate (received by May 1, 2020)

$425 - Group Rate 2+  (recieved together)

$460 - Regular Rate

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1.4 CEUs (14 Education Contact Hours)

14 Clock Hours


Normajean Friend - Education Program Assistant

253.697.5225 [email protected]


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. We reserve the right to cancel any course due to insufficient registration or extenuating circumstances. Please do not make non-refundable travel arrangements until you have called us and received confirmation that the course will be held. We are not responsible for any expenses incurred by participants if the course must be cancelled.

Location Details

402 15th AVE SE-
Puyallup, WA 98372

Contact Details

[email protected]

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