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Motor-Cognitive Connections During Typical and Atypical Development: Information and Implications for Early NDT Intervention

Gerard J. DeMauro, PT, MSPT, C/NDT
3 Continuing Education Credit(s) Available
Introduction: This perspective article provides information and clinical implications regarding the significance of the close interrelationship between motor and cognitive development in infants and young children with and without cerebral palsy (CP) and related neuromotor disorders. A resurgence of interest in the study of motor development has occurred within the last three decades. This statement may appear erroneous to Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT) practitioners in light of their extensive and seemingly endless study of both typical and atypical motor development. What Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association (NDTA) Early Intervention (EI) practitioners do appreciate is that newly proposed theories, research-based knowledge and their application have resulted in an expansion and newer perspectives on the emergence of motor skills. Furthermore, therapists are aware of the theoretically proposed role of early movement upon cognitive and brain development. Conversely, the potential negative impact of atypical motor development on cognition has been recognized since near the inception of the NDT Approach. (Bobath, K. & Bobath, B., 1953 (p. 598). These insights demonstrate the possible role of early NDT beyond improvements in movement and posture including cognition and other domains of function briefly addressed in this article. A few quotes serve to underscore the purpose of this article.

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Dates: May 31, 2018-June 01, 2018
Location: Therapeutic Interventions of Georgia, Inc.
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Location: The Learning Center of Northeast Arkansas Inc
Jonesboro, AR
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