About us

We provide intensive treatment for children with cerebral palsy and other neuromotor issues and conduct research into the efficacy of Neuro-Developmental Treatment.

NDTATM Contemporary Practice Model is an advanced 'hands-on' therapeutic approach for children with central nervous system insults that result in difficulties in task related posture and movement control. It is practised by experienced Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Speech-Language Pathologists.  NDT aims for children to achieve their highest functional participation in individually chosen daily skills.

Theory

Theory encompasses post-graduate training in the NDTATM Contemporary Practice Model (Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association, North America), task related sensory processing and NDT ‘Adjunctive Treatments’ (such as Therapeutic Aquatics and Casting, Taping & Orthotics). Professional development workshops and courses have been developed for OTs, PTs, and SLPs who treat children with neuromotor and sensory processing impairments. They combine theory with 'hands-on' intervention experience and are provided by experienced, certified NDTATM Instructors (PT, OT, SLP). A new provider Paediatric Workshops run by Carla Caputo will be responsible for therapist training from July 2022. 

We also provides educational opportunities for therapists to learn the theory and principles of interventions, and their practical clinical application through observation & practice in intensives in the workplace.

Suzanne and Kate teaching in Las Vegas Fun in therapy - intensive therapy program

Practice

The Intensive Therapy Program (Treatment Intensives) is an innovative treatment approach for babies and children with cerebral palsy and other 'neuromotor challenges'. It is designed to address the unique, desired participation level 'daily task goals' of each child and the child’s family.

Vicon Motion Capture System used in research.

Research

The research focus of Paediatric Therapy & Workshops includes issues of efficacy, the development of appropriate research methodology, and the measurement of family driven functional outcomes for children. Our current research project is: 'Moving and Doing: Functional Outcomes of Neuro Developmental Treatment', in collaboration with researchers at Southern Cross University, University of Sydney, and Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne.

Our overriding goal is to facilitate improved functional outcomes for children who have developmental disabilities. We promote fun in therapy and an holistic, family-centred approach to therapy.