Learn to Play the NDT Way
Neuro Developmental Treatment
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Appropriate Disciplines:
• Certified Occupational Therapy Asst
• Occupational Therapist
• Physical Therapist
• Physical Therapy Asst
• Speech Language Pathologist
• Speech Language Pathology Asst
  • Course Description
  • Objectives
  • Instructors
  • Agenda
  • CEU's
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Have fun at the course, have fun with your clients! Join us in therapeutic play - the NDT way! This interactive basic level course for OT/COTA's, PT/PTA's and SLP's will emphasize treatment strategies to promote "natural ways to play" in the child with neurological involvement. Therapists will learn introductory handling techniques to optimize postural control and visual/perceptual skills. Participants will learn how neuromotor control and influences of the sensory systems impact functional outcomes. Participants will learn basic components of Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT) and how these strategies relate to NDT. Therapists will be challenged to facilitate creative play with the children they work with and gain knowledge in the value and foundation of "play". This course will take you through lecture, handling and movement labs, interactive discussions and problem -solving to spark individual creativity and basic understanding of NDT and IYT.
NOTE: Participant should wear comfortable clothing for labs.
Participants should bring a soft doll at least 12 inches with soft moveable limbs (to practice handling) and one toy.

If you have a child/client between the ages of 6 months to 5 years with a diagnosis of CP or other neurological disorder, we would love to have them participate in the patient demo on the 2nd day of the course at 10:00am (we can be flexible with time if need be). This is a critical part of the learning experience. Please notify CIAO if you know of a family that would be willing to participate. ONLY ONE CHILD IS NEEDED.

AOTA Classification Codes
Domain of OT: Areas of Occupation, Performance Skills
Course Objectives
At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • Identify basic principles of Neuro-developmental Treatment and how it impacts upon functional outcomes
  • Identify basic components of “play skills” and the relation to development
  • Identify basic components of Integrative Yoga Therapy and it’s relation to NDT and functional outcomes.
  • Demonstrate postural facilitation to improve voice and phonation
  • Facilitate the utilization of postures/yoga poses to improve environmental awareness, motor planning and language
  • Optimize postural control through the use of therapeutic play and other modalities
  • Explore and understand the sensory systems and how they impact “play skills” in children with neuro-motor disorders
Nancy Marin
Instructor: Nancy Marin, OTR/L
Nancy Marin, OTR/L, a 1983 graduate of Florida International University with a BS in OT, has over 30 years experience in Pediatrics. She is the owner/president of Occuplay, Inc. in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida where she practices full time in both the private and natural environments settings, from Early Intervention through age 25. She is certified in Advance Baby Treatment through NDTA, Inc., certified Integrative Yoga Therapist, 200 hours, certified provider of The Listening Program- Bone conduction, Tomatis consultant and Reiki Master. Nancy’s experience with special needs children includes private pediatric outpatient, preschool and home environments. Nancy has a true passion for working with neurologically involved children as well as those with Sensory Integrative Disorders and continues to seek out new ways to touch the lives of the children and families she works with.
Financial Disclosure: Nancy receives honoraria from CIAO for the presentation of this course. Nancy receives income as the owner of Occuplay, Inc.
Non-financial Disclosure: There are no relevant relationships to disclose.

  Day 1
  08:00 - 08:30   Registration (continental breakfast)
  08:30 - 10:00   Basic principles of NDT / Lab
  10:00 - 10:15   Break
  10:15 - 12:00   Basic principles of Integrative Yoga Therapy / Lab
  12:00 - 01:00   Lunch (on your own)
  01:00 - 03:00   Sensory systems: Impact on postural control and functional outcomes
  03:00 - 03:15   Break
  03:15 - 04:30   Understanding Typical and Atypical development/Lab
  04:30 - 05:00   Q&A

  Day 2
  07:30 - 08:00   Registration (continental breakfast)
  08:00 - 10:00   UE function: Impact on transitional movements for exploration
  10:00 - 10:15   Break
  10:15 - 12:00   Treatment demonstration/ discussion
  12:00 - 01:00   Lunch (on your own)
  01:00 - 02:45   UE function/ Fine-motor coordination / Lab
  02:45 - 03:00   Break
  03:00 - 04:00   Components of Play
  04:00 - 04:30   Q&A

Contact hours pre-approved for:
  • 14 hours (1.4 CEUs)
  • CIAO is an ASHA approved provider #AAWA (SLP/SLPA) Bubblesheet required
  • This program is offered for 1.4 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level; Professional area)
  • CIAO is an AOTA approved provider #4119 (OT/COTA)
  • This course meets PDU requirements for NBCOT (14 PDUs)
  • CIAO is an Illinois Approved Provider for PT/PTA Continuing Education
  • CIAO is recognized as an Approved Provider for PT/PTAs by the NYSE Dept State Board for PT
  • This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Prov. #1902009TX
  • This activity meets the continuing competence requirements for PT/PTA license renewal in TX
  • 14.0 Hrs. PT/PTAs in AR, IL, KY (CS104-2017-KPTA), MD, MN (#0098), MS, NY, OH (#16S1711), TX (14 CCUs)
  • 16.5 Hrs PT/PTA and OT/OTA in FL (#CE17-582777) -CE Broker # 20-582777
Course meets requirements for:
  • SLP/SLPAs in all states
  • PT/PTAs in AK, AZ, AR, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IA, KS, ME, MO, MA, MI, MO, MT, NE, NY, NC,
  • NH, ND, OR, RI, SC, SD, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY
  • Participants who successfully complete this course will receive CEU Certificate at the end of the course
The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.
CIAO has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, the (organization name) has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, (organization name) is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.
CIAO is regognized on the NBCOT Provider Registry (meets PDU requirements for NBCOT)
CIAO Automatically reports to CE Broker for Florida Occupational and Physical Therapists and Assistants. Florida SLPs can either use the ASHA CE Participant Form (Bubble Sheet) or self-submit through CE Broker.
Valdosta, GA   Nov 2017
Excellent course! Nancy is so very knowledgeable and presents the material in an organized, clearly understandable manner. She was able to engage the participants and give them "hands on" practical strategies.
Valdosta, GA   Nov 2017
Loved this class! Nancy did a wonderful job presenting the information and demonstrating functional use for therapy. She took time to answer questions and made the class interesting and comfortable!
Valdosta, GA   Nov 2017
Wonderful knowledge and instruction. The labs and practical applications were very helpful.
Fargo, ND   Oct 2017
Great conference - very realistic & connected to function. Great intervetions to tweak to add so much more to what's already happening. (smiley face) Nancy has a great knowledge & shares it so wel!
Fargo, ND   Oct 2017
Great class and presenter kept it interesting!
Fargo, ND   Oct 2017
The videos & labs were extremely helpful for my style of learning.
Fargo, ND   Oct 2017
Thank you for the information & good presentation. The movement labs helped.
Fargo, ND   Oct 2017
Very good information, very CLEAR presentation & great labs - very practical infor for OT/PT
Fargo, ND   Oct 2017
love the hands on & incorporating it across diciplines.
Fargo, ND   Oct 2017
great seminar! I learned great techniques and information that will help me help my kiddos!
Little Rock, AR   May 2017
Presenter went over & beyond to make the course very interactive & hands-on which made the 2 day course very enjoyable. The CIAO CHIQUE/CHAP demonstrated excellent service.
Little Rock, AR   May 2017
Really loved this course. Thank you!
Little Rock, AR   May 2017
I have been practicing OT for 20 yrs. Rates within the top 3 best workshops I have ever attended. Well worth my time.
Little Rock, AR   May 2017
This was a very informative and interesting course. Presenter did an excellent job and labs were very informative.
Boston, MA   Apr 2017
Nancy was so helpful and knowledgable - she did a great job connecting her personal experiences - very engaging!!
San Antonio, TX   Mar 2017
Highly recommend this course!! Instructor Nancy was excellent in all areas - difficult to provide new information for experienced therapist (28 years)
Houston, TX   Nov 2016
Nancy was great with explaining with demonstrations which suits my learning style. I can't wait to utilize the techniques with my patients!
Gulfport, MS   Oct 2016
Nancy was fantastic - great labs and opportunities to practice hands-on, helps to learn. Ann Marie so very helpful as well.
Columbus, OH   Sep 2016
Such a GREAT conference! Very informative for me as a speech therapist: The pace was great & movement labs were wonderful!!
Atlanta, GA   Aug 2016
I loved Nancy's down to earth manner and her ability to demo techniques for the whole class.
San Antonio, TX   Dec 2015
Incredible seminar! Very informative and instructor made it interesting with having us practice and interact with fellow participants.
Nashville, TN   Nov 2015
I am grateful to have had such a good course in Nashville. The instructor and the CIAO Chigue were very accommodating; so great!
Orlando, FL   Feb 2015
The instructor was especially knowledgeable and seemed very motivated to share that knowledge. This was the best continuing education course I've ever taken thus far!
Orlando, FL   Feb 2015
Instructor was very knowledgeable and energetic. Information was useful and well delivered.
San Antonio (Fri-Sat), TX   Dec 2014
Wonderful experience and great course.
San Antonio (Fri-Sat), TX   Dec 2014
This course was very informative, fun, practical, understandable.
Ft Lauderdale (Thu-Fri), FL   Nov 2014
Very well presented. It is refreshing to meet such knowledgeable people in our profession!
Ft Lauderdale (Thu-Fri), FL   Nov 2014
Nancy was wonderful. Great use of info, labs, hands-on & video examples to assist with learning. Gave time to answer questions & explain during course. Great application to our clinic.