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NDTA™ Approved Advanced Upper Extremity - Part 1 - On-Demand (Instructed by: Kim Barthel)
September 15, 2023 - January 31, 2024
On-Demand (virtual) Program

This On-Demand program is part of a two-part NDTA Approved Advanced Certificate Course, to be eligible for part 2 (coming February 2024, in-person), participants must first complete part 1, on-demand. 

Registration is open through January 31, 2024 and the Part 1 must be completed no later than February 6, 2024.




Instructor Faculty

Kim Barthel, OTR, C/NDT, Advanced OT Instructor 

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  1. Develop an appreciation for the neurobiology of upper extremity function.
  2. Identify significant anatomical, kinesiological and develop mental characteristics of the head, neck, spine, rib cage, shoulder girdle complex and upper extremities.
  3. Evaluate typical motions of the upper extremity.
  4. Observe, analyze, and evaluate effective and ineffective posture and movement of the head, neck and trunk as they impact a client’s functional abilities/limitations in relation to upper extremity function.
  5. Analyze atypical movement patterns throughout the body and determine impairments that interfere with upper extremity function.
  6. Construct effective treatment strategies that address primary impairments interfering with efficient use of the upper extremity during functional activities.
  7. Analyze the interaction between oral motor, upper extremity and lower extremity impairments as they specifically impact upper extremity function.


Classes Available On-demand

Eight, 90-minute sessions available on-demand/streaming. Registration remains open through January 2024 and access to view through February 6, 2024. 

  • Session 1: Neurobiology of the Upper extremity
  • Session 2: Kinesiology of the Trunk, Shoulder Girdle and Reach
  • Session 3: Typical and Atypical Development of Shoulder Girdle & Reach
  • Session 4: Anatomy, Kinesiology and Treatment of the Elbow and Forearm 
  • Session 5: Typical and Atypical Hand Development
  • Session 6: Hand and Wrist Anatomy
  • Session 7: Functional Kinesiology of the Wrist and Hand 
  • Session 8: In-Hand Manipulation

For questions about this course, please contact:

Normajean Friend at


CLICK HERE to learn about Part 2: 

NDTA™ Approved Advanced Upper Extremity - Part 2  
Instructed by: Kim Barthel, OTR, C/NDT, Advanced OT Instructor 
February 7 - 9, 2024

Mary Bridge Children's Therapy Unit
402 15th Avenue SE, Suite 100, Puyallup, WA 98372

Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association (NDTA™)

201 N. Union Street, Suite 110, Alexandria, VA 22314


Phone: 608-581-5689   Toll Free: 800-869-9295



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