Introduction to NDTA™ Contemporary Practice Model for peadiatrics

Third Party Event

Venue Ardboyne Hotel , Navan
City Clonmellon
County Meath
Contact Hours 12
Event Type Course/Workshop
Specialities Intellectual Disability, Neurology, Pediatrics
Presenter Details Jane Styer-Acevedo, PT, DPT, C/NDT is an internationally-known pediatric physical therapist whose specialty is the management of children with cerebral palsy and other CNS deficits using the NDTATM Contemporary Practice Model.  Jane excels in the problem-based approach to promoting functional shifts for an individual through therapeutic intervention from the acute phase, through rehabilitation, and community entry or re-entry towards lifelong health and fitness.
Jane maintains a clinical practice, treating individuals through the lifespan with neurological challenges and those diagnosed as having an Autistic Disorder or being on the spectrum. She is a master clinician in the areas of paediatrics, neurology, and therapeutic aquatics. Jane’s experience over the years includes work in the NICU and Follow-up clinic, in-patient care in rehabilitation, out-patient care, home-based intervention from birth to school age and consultation in the school setting. She also works with adults with childhood disorders such as cerebral palsy.
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Cirullo, J. & Styer-Acevedo, J:  Integrating Land and Aquatic Approaches with a Functional Emphasis.  Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Clinics of North America.  Issue is entitled Aquatic Physical Therapy.  Judy Cirullo, Ed. 1994 June 165-178.
Styer-Acevedo, J:  Aquatic PT: Equipment and Clinical Decision Making.  PT Magazine of Physical Therapy 1995;  January 43-46, 72.
Styer-Acevedo, J:  Aquatic Rehabilitation for the Pediatric Client.  In Ruoti RG (ed), Aquatic Rehabilitation for the Health Care Professional.  Philadelphia, PA:  J.B. Lippincott, August 1996.
Styer-Acevedo, J: Review of Aquatic Readiness Developing Water Competence in Young Children by Langendorfer, SJ and Bruya LD. Fall 1996. The Journal of Aquatic Physical Therapy.
Styer-Acevedo, J:  Physical Therapy for the Child with Cerebral Palsy.  In Tecklin JS (ed),  Pediatric Physical Therapy,  3rd ed. Philadelphia, PA:  J.B. Lippincott Co. 1999.
Styer-Acevedo, J: Buoyancy-Assisted Function Through Therapeutic Aquatics. In Erhardt, R (ed), Parent Articles About NDT. San Antonio, TX: Communication Skill Builders. 1999.
Styer-Acevedo, J: Therapeutic Aquatics. In NDTA Network. Laguna Beach, CA. May/June 2001.
Styer-Acevedo, J: I Can Chew Gum Now, Thanks to Therapeutic Aquatics! In NDTA Network. Laguna Beach, CA May/June 2004.
Styer-Acevedo, J: Contributor to “A Look at How NDT is Taught in School,”, In NDTA Network. Vol 13, Issue 3. Page 19. Laguna Beach, CA. May/June 2006.
Styer-Acevedo, J:  Physical Therapy for the Child with Cerebral Palsy.  In Tecklin JS (ed), Pediatric Physical Therapy,  4th  ed. Philadelphia, PA:  Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins, 2007.
Styer-Acevedo, J: Model Teaching, Teaching the NDT Enablement Classification of Health and Disability, In NDTA Network. Vol. 14, Issue 4/ Laguna Beach, CA. July/August 2007.
Styer-Acevedo, J: Teaching Down Under, In Network on the Net.Vol 17, Issue 4. Laguna Beach, CA. July-August 2010.
Tedla JS, Ganesan SL, Abbas J, Krishnan S, & Styer-Acevedo J. Effect of foot plate on foot posture in children with cerebral palsy: An experimental study. Physical Therapy Research and Practice, The Official Journal of Saudi Physical Therapy Association. 2013;1(1):23-27.
Kalisperis FR, Shanline JM, Styer-Acevedo J. (2020) Neurodevelopmental Treatment Clinical Practice Model’s Role in the Management of Children with Cerebral Palsy. Cerebral Palsy, 2nd Edition Vol 3. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer. 2020.
Refreshments Included Yes
Free Event No
How to Book Contacting via email first followed by bank transfer
Contact Person Ragu Rajaram
Contact Email [email protected]
Pre Course Requirement Will Be Informed Closer To The Date
Non-Member Price €590.00
Date 19 Mar 2024 13:19 - 22 Mar 2024 13:19

Cost for Part 1 is €290 and the cost for both Part 1& 2 is €590


Part 1: A 2-Day Didactic Program - March 19 & 20, 2024

FACILITATOR: Jane Styer- Acevedo, PT, DPT, C/NDT


TARGET AUDIENCE: Registered CORU physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and their assistants, paediatric nurses and paediatric physicians working with children with disabilities

LEVEL: Intermediate; Pre-course readings are assigned.

ENROLEMENT: Limited only by seating space.

Part 2: A 2-day Experiential Learning for Assessment & Treatment Program, March 21&22, 2024

Completion of the didactic program qualifies participants for enrolment in Day 3 &4. LAB enrolment is limited to a maximum of 18 participants max

Cost:( Part 1 ) is 290 and the cost for both Part 1& 2 is 590 euros


Part one of this course is designed for physical & occupational therapists and speech language pathologists and assistants, their assistants, paediatricians, and paediatric nurses who currently work or desire to work with children and youth diagnosed with neuromuscular challenges. Using the North American NDTATM Contemporary Practice Model, participants will learn to critically assess clients through observations and analysis and hypothesize the causative impairments that interfere with the successful achievement of specific functional goals. Intervention strategies and treatment sequences towards achieving a child/client-specific functional goal will be presented and observed through video clips and photos.


Course content is based on the NDTATM Contemporary Practice Model and the International Classification of Function (ICF) in gathering information, writing goals, and planning a sequenced treatment session to promote participation in the child and family’s life.


Observation of the instructor’s assessment and treatment demonstrations in Part Two will provide an opportunity for 18 therapists to integrate the information presented in class so the participant can readily apply the concepts to their current caseload.


These 18 therapists must have attended Part One as Part Two places emphasis on handling the other course participants in supervised labs to learn assessment and treatment strategies applicable to various diagnostic groups and sizes of clients. Therapists will learn how to move and be moved by another adult through treatment strategies geared towards specific impairments and functions that interfere with achievement of identified functional goals.


 At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the Theoretical Basis for the NDTATM Contemporary Practice Model as it relates to their clinical practice.
  2. Describe the major events that occur during the first year of development via slides, videos, and observation of assessment & treatment demonstrations.
  3. Recognize and describe the differences between atypical & typical development of children via slides, videos, and observation of assessment & treatment demonstrations.
  4. List the strengths and challenges of a child with neuromuscular and sensory/perceptual impairments through observation of an instructor demonstration of assessment and treatment according to the ICF.
  5. Identify functional goals and discuss potential treatment plans based on task analysis and the identified functional goal.
  6. Facilitate another individual through desired movements and treatment strategies while limiting inefficient movement.
  7. Select carry-over strategies and participation opportunities in the home and community environments via daily activities.


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