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NDT Workshop for PTA, OTA, Rehab Assistants/Therapists & Kinesiologists

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Parkwood Institute (Physiotherapy Gym)

550 Wellington Road

London, ON N6C 0A7

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This two (2) day course is designed to give participants basic knowledge of NDT and how it is applied in clinical practice to promote recovery of function in individuals with neurological impairments. Current theoretical foundations and evidence supporting an NDT approach will be presented. Specific handling strategies to facilitate functional movement during goal-oriented tasks, such as ADLs and gross motor skills (scooting, transfers, sit to stand and walking) as well as appropriate handling of the more involved upper extremity will be introduced.

The information presented is appropriate for assistants who work with physical and occupational therapists who have had exposure to NDT and can guide the assistant to incorporate the course information in their practice settings. The overall objective is to provide assistants with a knowledge base for understanding normal movement and handling skills to then contribute to the overall team rehabilitation efforts and consistency in patient care

Course Objectives: Upon completion of the course, the participants will be able to:

  • State the basic philosophy underlying the NDT approach to the treatment of adults with neurological dysfunction

  • Understand some fundamental biomechanical principles and their impact on movement, both normal and impaired, during sitting and standing activities and some transitions

  • Apply components of normal movement when assisting a patient in functional activities

  • Apply, with direction and guidance from a PT or OT, basic handling skills to facilitate more typical movement components and increase postural control when assisting patients in early sitting and standing activities enhancing functional movement for clients with neurological impairments

Instructor:
Karen Guha, B. Sc. PT
Karen is a Physiotherapist at Grand River Hospital and Back Works Spinal and Sports Rehabilitation. She received her Physical Therapy degree from the University of Toronto in 1996 and became NDT trained in 1999. Karen became a NDTA™ PT Instructor in 2007, a NDTA™ Coordinator Instructor in 2011 and a NDTA™ Advanced Course Instructor in 2014. She has over 20 years experience working with adults with neurological impairments in acute, rehabilitation and outpatient settings. Karen has taught NDT courses throughout North America and internationally.

Course Format:
Course format will include lecture, patient demonstration and lab practicum. The major portion of the course will involve laboratory practice sessions. Participants during lab sessions will have the opportunity to analyze normal movement and practice handling skills to facilitate functional movement patterns in normal adults during sitting/standing activities and transitions

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