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2/26/2014 - 3/1/2014 8:30am - 5:30pm

Intermediate NDT Handling and Problem-solving Course Utilizing NDT in Pediatrics

February 26 - March 1, 2014


Brett Nirider PT; Sara Kerrick PT; Joyce Vipond, OT

Course Description

This course is designed for PTs, OTs and SLPs who have taken one or more introductory level courses in pediatric NDT, and are seeking to improve their critical problem solving skills, increase their treatment repertoire, and increase their confidence and skill in treatment. The class will be very movement-focused, with emphasis on movement sessions with other participants, as well as guided practicum time with children who have cerebral palsy or similar neurologically-based diagnoses.

Course objectives

· Understand more fully many of the various components of typical development of movement and posture, and how they differ from those of children with cerebral palsy.

· Develop better clinical problems solving skills and more effective treatment plans for children with cerebral palsy of various types and distribution.

· Increase repertoire of clinical handling skill for advancing motor skill development in children with neuromuscular involvement.


Brett Nirider, PT, is a physical therapist at Good Samaritan Children’s Therapy Unit with more than 32 years of pediatric experience. He has had training and experience in both NDT and sensory integration, and has taught an eight-week pediatric NDT course, as well as assisted with the NDT baby treatment course. He particularly enjoys instructing therapists who have limited experience or exposure to NDT.

Sara Kerrick, PT, is a physical therapist at Good Samaritan Children’s Therapy Unit with more than 29 years of pediatric experience. NDT-trained, Sara has a master’s degree in rehabilitation medicine with an emphasis on pediatric physical therapy from the University of Washington. She has a special interest in cognitive functioning and the impact on mobility.

Joyce A. Vipond OTR/L, is an occupational therapist working and Children’s Therapy unit with more than 15 years of pediatric experience. She is NDT-trained and has a special interest in sensory integration and upper extremity orthotics. She is currently exploring the use of the DIR ®/Floortime model with children with neurological and cognitive disorders.

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Children’s Therapy Unit

402 15th Ave. SE

Puyallup, WA 98372


$650 (includes continuing education units and/or clock hours)


2.8 CEUs (28 Education Contact Hours)


Normajean Friend - Education Program Assistant



Full refund of the course registration fee, less $50 administration fee, will be granted upon receipt of written request post marked 14 days prior to date of class.




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Dates and Locations

2/26/2014 - 3/1/2014 8:30am - 5:30pm
Children's Therapy Unit
402 15th Ave. S.E.
Puyallup, WA 98372

Contact Info

Normajean Friend