Introduction to NDT in Pediatrics: Facilitating Movement for Function

Sep 10, Thursday – Sep 12, Saturday 8:30am – 6:00pm

Cost: $595
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Introducation to NDT in Pediatrics: Facilitating Movement for Function

September 10 -12, 2020

This course will include Webinar for lectures and small groups for lab portion - masking will be required. Under the current guidelines of life in phase 2 of COVID-19 precautions, we need to make plans consistent with those guidelines. 


- Brett Nirider, PT & Sara Kerrick, PT

Course Description:

This is an introductory course for health care and education providers. The course will introduce attendees to the principles of Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) as it relates to the treatment of the child with a neuromuscular disorder for improved control of the trunk, lower extremities and upper extremities with the goal of increasing their independence and function. This course will include both lecture and hands on experience. Please dress comfortably as a large portion of this course will be devoted to hands on treatment labs. Previous courses in NDT are not required.

Course objectives:

  • Participants will gain knowledge of contemporary theories for neurodevelopmental treatment as related to motor development, motor control and motor learning.

  • Participants will gain an understanding of the components of typical developmental for head and trunk control and gain skills for facilitation of movement through the trunk to improve function.

  • Participants will learn the preparatory components of lower extremity movement, related to the acquisition of standing and ambulation, and obtain ideas for facilitating more efficient standing posture and ambulation leading to increased function.

  • Participants will gain an understanding of the components of normal development, related to skilled movement of the upper extremities, and have an opportunity to practice facilitating movement leading to increased functional use of the upper extremities.

Course Schedule:

Thursday, September 10, 2020 - Saturday, September 12, 2020
8:30am - 6pm


Brett Nirider, PT, Brett Nirider, PT, is a physical therapist at Mary Bridge Children’s Therapy Puyallup with more than 39 years of pediatric experience. He has had training and experience in both NDT and sensory integration, and has taught the eight-week pediatric NDT course, as well as assisted with the NDT baby treatment course. He particularly enjoys instructing therapists who have limited experience or exposure to NDT.  

Sara Kerrick, PT, Sara Kerrick, PT, is a physical therapist at Mary Bridge Children’s Therapy Puyallup with more than 36 years of pediatric experience. NDT-trained, Sara has a master’s degree in rehabilitation medicine with an emphasis on pediatric physical therapy from the University of Washington. She has a special interest in cognitive functioning and the impact on mobility as well as exploring use of outcomes to guide Clinical Practice


Mary Bridge Children’s Therapy
402 15th Ave. SE
Puyallup, WA 98372
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Thursday - Saturday, September 10 - 12, 2020
Webinar lecture in Morning and 2 groups divided in afternoon
 8:30 am – 6:pm




1.8 CEUs (18 Education Contact Hours)


Mary Bridge Children's Therapy
ATTN: Normajean/Education
402 15th AVE SE
Puyallup, WA 98372
fax: 253-697-5145
email:  [email protected]

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

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

Contact Details

[email protected]

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