NDT: Current Evidence-Based Practice and Practical Advocacy for Therapy Practitioners


About the Course
Neurodevelopmental treatment (NDT), also referred to as the Bobath Concept or approach, has been around since the 1940s when it was first developed by Berta and Dr. Karel Bobath (Bobath Centre, 2021). Initially, the Bobaths introduced innovative therapeutic approaches for children with cerebral palsy and adults with hemiplegia.

Today, NDT is widely used in the therapy realm for numerous neurological conditions and has revolutionized hands-on clinical work. Therapy practitioners working in various settings and capacities worldwide have incorporated NDT principles and practices into patient intervention sessions.

Like other theoretical and practical roots of physical therapy and occupational therapy, NDT’s foundations have aged; this, however, does not mean that NDT is less applicable or outdated. As with other intervention theories, NDT was designed to evolve as clinicians learned more about human function. In fact, the Bobaths insisted that NDT must be applied so that it could evolve over time in order to fully understand the recovery of function in neurological conditions (Runyan, 2006).

As new treatments take the limelight, older intervention approaches are at risk of fading away. This fading occurs because therapists forget their foundations, neglect educational opportunities, and avoid active participation in empirical research. Without rejuvenating and continuously supporting NDT, therapists may dismiss its effectiveness with patients who strongly benefit from its approach. Additionally, funding for coverage is questioned.

This intermediate-level course includes the latest resources and research available for therapy professionals regarding NDT. This course is also a call to action for therapy practitioners to offer up their support in order to maintain the reliability and validity of NDT in both its foundational principles and its progression. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to: 

  • Summarize the foundational theories and treatment behind NDT
  • Explain how NDT is delivered through rehabilitation practitioners 
  • Summarize current peer-reviewed NDT research 
  • Identify and describe NDT – appropriate neurological disorders outside of cerebral palsy and hemiplegia 
  • Identify updated resources for proper billing of NDT in specific practice settings 
  • Discuss current therapy resources for NDT to enhance the clinical practice. 

About the Author/Presenter
Meredith Chandler, OTR/L, has served as an occupational therapist for almost eight years, working primarily with adults and geriatric populations in skilled nursing, long-term, inpatient, and subacute settings. Her patients have a wide variety of conditions, including neurological disorders and cognitive impairments. Additionally, Meredith works as an independent writer and researcher. Over the past five years, she has compiled several academic courses; articles; educational blogs; and handouts for patients, healthcare professionals, and caregivers. Meredith also has experience in conducting rehabilitative services and trainings on an international level for pediatric and geriatric care. 

How to Receive Credit 

  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 1-hour commitment of time. 
  • After completion of the course, complete the final examination.  A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning outcomes as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention. 
  • Note to Nursing professionals: Depending on your state requirements, you will be asked to either affirm that you have completed the course, or you will be required to complete the Post-test included in the course.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.
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