NDT-Near Developmental Treatment
Originated by Karel and Berta Bobath in the 1960s, NDT (Near Developmental Treatment) has since evolved to incorporate emerging theories of sensorimotor learning and uses guided or facilitated movements as a treatment strategy to ensure correlation with input from tactile, vestibular, and somatosensory receptors within the body. This theory and the techniques founded through NDT may be used to help your child with facilitation of upper extremity movements such as reaching, grasping, releasing of objects, and in-hand manipulation skills. NDT utilizes movement analysis to identify missing or atypical elements. By treating problems of motor coordination, neuromotor and postural control abnormalities, the ultimate goal of NDT is to optimize participation in a person’s life roles. Functional activities and tasks are used in conjunction with NDT to address cognition, perception, creativity, and self-esteem.
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