NDTA is a not-for-profit association consisting of therapists, consumers and other professionals dedicated to the use and advancement of the Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT) approach to multi-disciplinary treatment of neuromuscular dysfunction.
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The purpose of the Association is to improve treatment and outcomes for clients with neuromuscular dysfunction by providing advanced therapist education that improves skills in assessment, evaluation and salient, functional treatment.
To advance utilization of the NDT Practice Model through clinical intervention, education, and research so that clients with neuromuscular dysfunction can participate in life to their fullest potential.
NDTA Practice Model (click on image below for full view)
Stamer M. Neuro-Developmental Treatment Practice Model. In: Bierman JC, Franjoine MR, Hazzard CM, Howle JM, Stamer, M, eds. Neuro-Developmental Treatment: A Guide to NDT Clinical Practice. Stuttgart, Germany: Thieme Medical Publishers; 2016:56-68.
Definition of Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT)
NDT is a holistic and interdisciplinary clinical practice model informed by current and evolving research that emphasizes individualized therapeutic handling based on moment analysis for habilitation and rehabilitation of individuals with neurological pathophysiology. The therapist uses the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) model in a problem-solving approach to assess activity and participation, thereby to identify and prioritize relevant integrities and impairments as a basis for establishing achievable outcomes with clients and caregivers. An in-depth knowledge of the human movement system, including the understanding of typical and atypical development, and expertise in analyzing postural control, movement, activity, and participation through 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 activating optimal sensorimotor processing, task performance, and skill acquisition to enable participation in meaningful activities.
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Learn more about the history of NDT: view this video by ATEN.