The NDT/Bobath (Neuro-Developmental Treatment/Bobath) Definition
NDT is a holistic and interdisciplinary clinical practice model informed by current and evolving research that emphasizes individualized therapeutic handling based on movement analysis for habilitation and rehabilitation of individuals with neurological pathophysiology. Using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) model, the therapist applies a problem-solving approach to assess activity and participation to identify and prioritize relevant integrities and impairments as a basis for the establishment of achievable outcomes with clients and caregivers. An in-depth understanding of typical and atypical development, and expertise in analysis of postural control, movement, activity, and participation throughout the lifespan, form the basis for examination, evaluation, and intervention. Therapeutic handling, used during evaluation and intervention, consists of a dynamic reciprocal interaction between the client and therapist for activation of optimal sensorimotor processing, task performance, and skill acquisition for achievement of participation in meaningful activities.
Christine Cayo, Monica Diamond, Tracy Bovre, Pamela Mullens, Pamela Ward, Margo Prim Haynes, Colleen Carey, Ann Heavey, Teresa Siebold, Katy Kerris, Debbie Evans-Rogers, Lois Bly, Jan McElroy, Marie Simeo, J. Lyndelle Owens, Kay Folmar, Jodi Renard, Marybeth Trapani-Hanasewych, and Mary Rose Franjoine.
To cite this definition, use one of the following formats.
Cayo C, Diamond M, Bovre T, et al. The NDT/Bobath (Neuro-Developmental Treatment/Bobath) Approach. NDTA Network. 2015;22(2):1.
Cayo, C., Diamond, M., Bovre, T., Mullens, P., Ward, P., Haynes, M., … Franjoine, M.R. (2015). The NDT/Bobath (Neuro-Developmental Treatment/Bobath) Approach. NDTA Network, 22(2):1.
The Mission of NDTA
The purpose of the Association is to promote the unique qualities of the Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT)
- Providing specialized clinical training to health care professionals
- Supporting Clinical Research
- Supporting client's and families with education, resources and information