NDTA Contemporary Practice Model Pediatric 8 week Certificate Course

Nov 2, Tuesday – Mar 12, Saturday 1:00pm – 8:00pm

NDTA Contemporary Practice Model Certificate Course in the Management of Children with Cerebral Palsy and Other Neuromuscular Disorders

Accepting Applications now, spots still available  - email [email protected] to request an application

Application Fee 

$25.00 (non-refundable) 

Course Description:

NDTA Certificate courses are postgraduate continuing education courses offered to Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Speech-Language Pathologists who work with adults or children with movement disorders associated with neuromuscular impairments.

The Certificate Course core curriculum includes didactic information, hands-on lab work in which participants practice problem solving and application of intervention strategies, treatment demonstrations by instructors, and mentored clinical practice in which participants work with a variety of clients.

Instruction in the NDT philosophy as an interdisciplinary team approach assures that all therapists learn to address each client using a holistic approach. All therapists, regardless of discipline, cover the same course material. Throughout the course, they assess and treat clients with neuromuscular disorders to gain a thorough understanding of each individual’s underlying posture and movement impairments and the resultant functional consequences. This provides them with the opportunity to understand the “whole” client in order to develop basic handling skill.

Participants must meet attendance requirements, successfully achieve course objectives, perform effective assessments, develop appropriate intervention strategies, plan and implement effective treatment plans, and successfully pass the standardized final exam and competencies. Once accomplished, an NDTA Certificate of Completion is awarded."

Course Objectives:

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

  • Analyze effective and ineffective components of posture and movement
  • Identify the relationships between function, posture and movement components, and system integrities and impairments in individuals with neuromuscular disorders
  • Demonstrate effective NDT clinical reasoning and problem solving, using assessment findings to develop realistic treatment plans
  • Develop and implement therapeutic handling strategies that result in changes in the client, including: improved sensorimotor performance, achievement of functional goals, and enhanced participation in meaningful activities
  • Understand and explain the importance of interdisciplinary team approach including interaction with other disciplines, utilization of adaptive equipment, and education/training of caregivers in the home and community


PART 1: November 2, 2021 - November 24, 2021
PART 2: February 10, 2022 - March 12, 2022


Tuesday - Friday from 1:00 - 8:00 pm
Saturdays from 8:30 - 5:00 pm


NDTA Members: $4,000 / Non-members: $4,225
Application Fee  $25.00 (non-refundable)


Mary Bridge Good Samaritan Children's Therapy Unit
402 15th Ave. SE, Puyallup 98372


Teresa Gutierrez, PT, MS, PCS, C/NDT- CI
Gail Ritchie, OTR/L, C/NDT
Gay-LLoyd Pinder, PhD, SLP, C/NDT
Carmen Pagan, SLP, C/NDT

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Cancellation Policy:

In the event the course cancels due to inadequate numbers or COVID19 related restrictions, participants will be notified no later than one month prior to the start of the course and deposits will be refunded.

If a participant cancels prior to the start of the course the deposit will not be refunded unless a qualified replacement is available. Cancellations by the attendee less than 30 days from the first day of the course are not eligible for any refund.

Location Details

Mary Bridge Good Samaritan Children's Therapy Unit 402 15th Ave SE-
Puyallup, WA 98372

Contact Details

[email protected]

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