NDTA Advanced Baby Course in the Management and Treatment of Infants

Jan 28, Monday – Feb 8, Friday

NDTA Advanced Baby Course  - Management and treatment of Infants

NDTA Approved Course 

DATES: Monday January 28 to Friday, February 8, 2019

NOTE: We will have a full day of class on Saturday, February 2.
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Teresa Gutierrez, PT, MS, PCS, C/NDT---- Coordinator Instructor
Gail Ritchie, OTR/L, OT Instructor—Present throughout week 1 of the course
Gay-Lloyd Pinder, PhD, SLP, Speech Instructor—Present throughout week 2 of the course

Course Description:

This is an advanced course in the analysis and treatment of movement disorders in infants with a diagnosis of cerebral palsy and other neuromotor disorders. This course includes:
  1. Normal development of movement in the first 12 months.
  2. Abnormal development including:
    a- the development of atypical and compensatory patterns of movement 
    b- the development of secondary impairments
    c- the influence of atypical movement and postural control on other aspects of development such as play, social interaction, emotional development, communication and feeding.
  3. Treatment strategies with emphasis on prevention of secondary impairments and abnormal biomechanical alignment.
  4. Treatment strategies to improve function in other aspects of development.
  5. Strategies to assist parents and caregivers with the management and interaction with their infants at home including dressing/undressing.
  6. Topics related to the care, follow-up and management of pre-term infants/NICU
  7. Early development of the sensory system
  8. Respiration, early communication and feeding
    This course will have emphasis on movement analysis with an understanding of the relationship between the impairments present in an infant, the activity limitations and the secondary impairments and limitations seen in older children with cerebral palsy.
    Teaching strategies include:
    - lectures/didactic sessions
    - movement labs during which the participants practice the facilitation of normal movement and treatment strategies with each other
    - observation of typically developing infants
    - analysis of movement using audio-visual materials: slides/video
    - treatment demonstrations
    - treatment practicums with infants

Course Objectives

At the end of this course, the participants will:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the facts and principles of the development of the normal components of movement for the infant 0-3 months, 4-6 months, 7-9 months and 10-12 months describing the following:
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the differences between the development of abnormal and normal movement by:
  3. Develop assessment and treatment protocols, applying the ICF model and utilizing an understanding of normal and abnormal movement with specific references to tone changes and normal/abnormal movement patterns. The student will be expected to:
  4. Identify the impairments and compensations that can lead to secondary impairments such as contractures, deformities and severe activity limitations.
  5. Describe the influence of postural control and movement on play, social interaction, communication and feeding.
  6. Acquire and demonstrate through performance handling skills with the very young infant with special attention to:
  7. Demonstrate when working with the infant:
  8. To effectively teach parents, caretakers or other professionals techniques of handling and treatment by clearly explaining rationale, by providing appropriate reinforcement and by demonstrating:
The student will be expected to demonstrate mastery of the cognitive objectives in any one of or combination of the response modes listed below: 
1. Verbally in response to individual questioning. 
2. Verbally in classroom discussions. 
3. In writing. 
4. By demonstrating acquired skills and techniques on patients or simulated patients in a supervised practicum experience. 

Case presentations to which students may be expected to respond may be actual patients, dolls, or written, verbal, slide or video case study presentations. 

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Tuition Cost:

               NDTA MEMBERS: $1,400.00
               NON-NDTA MEMBERS: $1,625.00
            (you may become a NDTA member for $125 – a $100 savings)

Applications will be processed on a first come, first served basis. Enrollment is limited to 24 participants.

Minimum Requirements for Students 

  1. One year of experience in treatment of children with cerebral palsy after successful completion of the NDT/Bobath Certificate Course in the Management and Treatment of Children with Cerebral Palsy and other Neuromotor Disorders. 
  2. Actively treating infants with central nervous system dysfunction. 


Mary Bridge Good Samaritan Children’s Therapy
402 15th Ave. SE
Puyallup, WA 98372
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January 28  -  February 8, 2019
Jan 28, - 31, Feb 1, 2, & 4 - 8

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Normajean Friend - Education Program Assistant

253.697.5225 [email protected] or [email protected]

Location Details

402 15th AVE SE-
Puyallup, WA 98372

Contact Details

[email protected]

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