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What is NDT?

Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT) is an advanced therapeutic approach practiced by experienced Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, and Speech - Language Pathologists. This hands-on approach is used in working with people who have central nervous system insults that create difficulties in controlling movement. Therapists using NDT treatment have completed advanced training in NDT and work closely with individuals with neurological challenges (e.g. cerebral palsy, stroke, head injury), helping them to become as independent as possible. NDT-trained therapists work collaboratively with individuals, family, caregivers and physicians to develop comprehensive treatment programs based on the principles of human neurology and physiology. Individuals who have minimal to severe motor difficulties can benefit from the NDT approach.

The Mission of NDTA

The purpose of the Association is to promote the unique qualities of the Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT) approach by:
  • Providing specialized clinical training to health care professionals
  • Supporting Clinical Research
  • Supporting client's and families with education, resources and information


The Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT/Bobath) approach was developed for the treatment of individuals with Pathophysiology of the central nervous system (CNS), primarily children with cerebral palsy (CP) and adults with cerebral vascular accidents (CVA). Individuals with CNS Pathophysiology have dysfunction in posture and movement and subsequent functional activity limitations. The Bobaths developed the NDT/Bobath approach to address these problems. The NDT/Bobath approach continues to be enriched with the emergence of new theories, new models and new information in the movement sciences. In addition, as the characteristics of the population with CNS Pathophysiology change, the approach continues to evolve.

How NDT Has Changed My LIfe...

  • I took the 8-week course a few years ago. Things have been great since I have left the course and I think (my instructor) would be proud of my advancements. I hear (her) voice in my head all the time- (she) made a large impact in my career. I thank you for your time and such a large presence in my treatment- I have come so far because of you! AH/2007
  • I feel honored to have had the opportunity to participate in the 2007 NDT Certificate Training course. When I began in March, I had a limited knowledge base and understanding of children with cerebral palsy and motor disorders. However, now finishing up in September, I realize that I am a different therapist than when I began 7 months ago. I have a different outlook and understanding of both typical and atypical development, as well as a stronger foundation in treatment/facilitation techniques to make the children I serve more independent and successful in everyday life. I have truly enjoyed my time learning and value the experience and knowledge that I am learning with. You will probably see me in the future at another NDT class. Caroline Welch, Occupational Therapy, 2007
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