What is NDT?

Neurodevelopmental treatment (NDT) is a holistic, hands-on approach used by therapists in order to improve functional movement patterns. NDT is used in the adult population for patients that have history of stroke and brain injury. NDT can also be used in treatment of children with cerebral palsy and other neuromotor disorders.

What happens during an NDT focused evaluation?

While utilizing NDT approach, therapists must first analyze a patient’s movement patterns and decide what muscles and parts of the body require assistance. After the assessment, the therapist is then able to apply hands-on therapeutic handling skills that encourage optimal movement patterns. NDT is a process of continual assessment and intervention.

 

How does NDT benefit the child?

Through NDT, patients improve motor performance, motor control and motor learning in order to acquire new skills or perform difficult skills with more ease. NDT is a wonderful approach in that it encourages the patient to do as much as they can and assistance is only provided minimally and when required. This approach allows the patient to gain the skills more independently and increases carry over of activities performed with therapist to home. NDT is helpful in gross motor skills such as developmental milestones (i.e. rolling, sitting, crawling) but also provides assistance with postural muscles. Working with a therapist that is certified in NDT or has NDT experience is beneficial in encouraging improved movement patterns as well as caregiver education on handling skills that can be utilized at home.