The ABC's of NDT for Speech Therapists - An Introduction to NDT

Aug 18, Friday – Aug 19, Saturday 8:30am – 4:30pm

The ABC's of NDT for Speech Therapists - An Introduction to NDT

August  18 - 19, 2017

Friday & Saturday 8:30am - 4:30pm

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Course Description:

This two-day course is designed for Speech Language Pathologists and Speech Therapist Assistants working with children diagnosed with neuromuscular disorders.

NDT is a dynamic, hands-on, problem solving approach used in the treatment of children with central nervous system (CNS) pathophysiology. Intervention involves direct handling to optimize function. This introductory course is intended as a preparatory course for SLPs interested in taking other NDTA sponsored courses and/or the "NDT/Bobath Certificate Course in the Management and Treatment of Children with Cerebral Palsy and Other Neuromotor Disorders." Furthermore, participants in this course will learn options to enhance functional outcomes and will heighten clinical reasoning skills through observation and analysis of posture and movement, as they are tied to patient's functional outcomes. Practical application of material will be presented through lecture, video clips, movement practicum, group problem solving and discussions.

Course Objectives:

  • Demonstrate understanding of basic terminology and the theoretical framework of Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT)
  • Understand the application of the ICF framework model as a basis for developing problem solving skills to improve functional abilities related to respiration/phonation, feeding/swallowing and communication.
  • Develop Speech Therapy (discipline specific) measurable functional outcomes appropriate to individual patient needs.
  • Describe relationships in postural stability, trunk/shoulder girdle stability and oral pharyngeal stability in Typical Development and common impairments observed in Atypical Development.
  • Identify/define the ABCs – Alignment, Base of Support and Center of Mass related to functional abilities and impairments.
  • Demonstrate/replicate treatment strategies within lab environments that target improvement of alignment and postural activity/stability in order to facilitate improvement of speech and language functional outcomes.



8:00 – 8:30 Registration
8:30 – 10:15 History of NDT, current concepts and role of SLP ICF Model Application for Assessment and Treatment
10:15 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 11:30 Lab: Feeding Experience focus on Alignment,  Support (Base of Support), Center of Mass
11:30 – 12:30 Lab: Terminology, Planes of movement
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 Typical/Atypical Development
2:30 – 2:45 Break
2:45 – 3:30 Clinical Observations and Treatment Priniples
3:30 – 4:30 Lab: Facilitation/Inhibition Oral Motor strategies
4:30 End of Day One


8:30 – 10:15 Lab: Rib Cage: Elongation/Mobility and Activation
10:15 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 12:30 Video Clips: Clinical Observations/Treatment Strategies
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 Lab: Treatment strategies for Feeding/Swallowing and Phonation/Speech Production
2:30 – 2: 45 Break
2:45 – 4:00 Speech Therapy related Functional Outcomes
4:00 – 4:30 Treatment Planning
4:30 End of Day Two

Carmen Pagan, SLP, CCC-SLP, C/NDT

Carmen Pagan, M.A., CCC-SLP, C/NDT, is a bilingual speech-language pathologist with more than twenty-five years of clinical experience in pediatric therapy. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of children with neuromotor disorders, focusing on improving patients’ respiration, oral motor, feeding/swallowing and speech/language development to improve their functional skills. Carmen has worked in a variety of clinical settings and is currently co-owner of Milestones Therapeutic Associates, located in McAllen Texas. She is a Certified NDT Pediatric Speech Instructor. In addition to her own practice, Carmen has lectured in courses with teaching emphasizing on functional communication, oral motor function, feeding/swallowing, language development and Neuro-Development Treatment. Furthermore, she teaches short seminar NDTA introductory courses for SLP’s and teaches 8 week- “NDT/Bobath Certificate Course in the Management and Treatment of Children with Cerebral Palsy and Other Neuromotor Disorders” courses. She has also served as a guest lecturer at her alma mater, the University of Texas—Pan American (currently UT RGV) and as a speaker at local public school districts and various community and civic organizations. Carmen currently serves as Chair of the Certification Committee and is on the Peer Review/QA committees for NDTA. In addition, she is involved in several community and state organizations, most recently she was selected by the Executive Commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to serve as a member of the HHSC Executive Council (2017). Previously, she was appointed by Governor Perry to serve as Chair of the Governor’s Commission for Women and as a member of the State Health Service Council. In 2015, she was awarded the UTPA Pillars of Success Award and in 2016 was the recipient of RG Visionary Woman Award. Carmen currently resides in McAllen, Texas.


13.00 Continuing Education Hours will be awarded upon successful completion of this NDTA/Bobath approved seminar. Host state PT CEUs will be available from the NDTA.

ASHA CEUs: This program is offered for 1.3 CEUs (Introductory level; Professional area). Financial: The Instructor, Carmen Pagen, MA, CCC-SLP, C/NDT is being financially compensated by NDTA to present this course. Non-Financial: Carmen Pagen, MA, CCC-SLP, C/NDT is a Certified NDTA Speech Instructor and serves committee/leadership roles in the NDTA Instructor Group and NDTA Organization, but do not receive financial compensation for these roles.

NDTA Members: $350 • Non Members: $500

Full refund of the course registration fee, less $50 administrative fee, will be granted upon receipt of a written request postmarked on or before 30 days before the first day of the course. Cancellations by the attendee less than 30 days from the first day of the course are not eligible for any refund.


Phone: 800-869-9295
Fax: 949-376-3456

Course ID #16S25CPWA

Julie Pitz, NDTA Education Coordinator
800-869-9295 • [email protected]


Mary Bridge Children's Therapy
402 15th AVE SE
Puyallup, WA 98372

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Friday  – Saturday, August 18 -19, 2017


8:30am - 4:30pm


Location Details

402 15th AVE SE-
Puyallup, WA 98372

Contact Details

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