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Workshop: NDTA Advanced Gait Course

June 19, 2019 @ 8:00 am - June 23, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

NDTA Advanced Gait Course

Date: June 19th – 23rd, 2019

Course Description: This five-day advanced course is designed for physical and occupational therapists working, with clients with stroke or brain injuries, interested in further developing their assessment and treatment skills to enhance the patient/client’s function in the upright posture. The interrelationship of the lower extremity with other body segments and systems is emphasized. Analysis of functional tasks, specifically the movement components that contribute to a person’s independent performance of tasks in the upright posture will be addressed. Therapists will have an opportunity to revisit the biomechanical components of normal gait, discuss and analyze common deviations of gait in the above-mentioned patient populations and learn potential treatment strategies to diminish the impact of gait deviations on the patient’s ability to function while ambulating. As a prerequisite to attend this course, participants must have completed an NDT/Bobath Certificate Course in the Management of Adults with Stroke and Brain Injury (formerly Adults with Hemiplegia) or a Certificate Course in the Treatment and Management of Individuals with Cerebral Palsy.

Course Objectives: Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to: 1) Identify components of normal gait 2) Identify components of lower extremity biomechanics 3) Analyze gait deviations 4) Observe, analyze and synthesize effective and ineffective posture and movement and its impact on a client’s functional abilities/limitations as it relates to gait and function in the upright posture 5) Analyze atypical movement patterns and identify impairments which interfere with function 6) Synthesize information to develop appropriate treatment strategies that address the patient’s primary impairments interfering with efficient function and particularly with regards to functional tasks in the upright posture 7) Demonstrate, during treatment practicum, options for handling skills to optimize the individual’s function and enhance his/her ability to achieve patient/client specific goals

Karen Guha, PT, BSc PT, C/NDT, CIDN, NDTA™ Coordinator Instructor 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 and a NDTA™ Coordinator Instructor in 2011. 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. In 2017, Karen completed her certification in Integrated Dry Needling. She also serves on committees with the NDTA™ Instructors’ Group. 
Karen Brunton, PT, C/NDT, NDTA™ Coordinator Instructor Karen is a Physical Therapist with over 35 years of experience working with clients with neurological impairments in acute, rehabilitation, long term care and outpatient settings. Karen has been an NDTA™ Adult Course Coordinator Instructor since 1991, Advanced Course Instructor since 1996 and an instructor with the International Bobath Instructors Training Association (IBITA) from 1997 to 2018. She holds an adjunct lecturer appointment with the Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Karen has taught NDTA™ Certificate and Advanced courses internationally and extensively throughout North America (Canada, United States and Mexico). She has presented on various topics at NDTA™ National Conference, Ontario Physiotherapy Conference and Canadian Physiotherapy Congress. Additionally, Karen has served on many committees within the NDTA™ Instructors’ Group and on the NDTA™ Board of Directors.

Course Format: This course consists of lecture, lab handling sessions, patient treatment by course participants and patient demonstrations by course instructors. Advanced patient handling skills will be developed inter-actively through problem-solving activities and handling with other participants. Participants will treat patients on four of the five course days. The instructors will provide feedback and direction to the course participants during the patient treatment sessions.

Requirements: Participants must be a registered Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist who has successfully completed a 3-week or 8-week NDT/Bobath Certificate Course.

Location: Conestoga College, Cowan Health Sciences Centre, 299 Doon Valley Drive, Kitchener, Ontario

Accommodation: See attached document.

Tuition: The fee for this five-day course is: NDTA Members: $1150 + HST = $1299.50 CAD Non-NDTA Members: $1400 + HST = $1582.00 CAD Accepted forms of payment include cheque, payable to Back Works Spinal and Sports Rehabilitation, or credit card. Tuition includes course materials, and morning and afternoon refreshments. Lunch is not included. Registration is accepted on a first-come first served basis.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be received in writing and all refunds are subject to a 10% administrative fee. After May 6, 2019 & in the event that a replacement cannot be found, no refunds will be granted.

Registration Form: NDTA Advanced Gait Registration -merged


June 19, 2019 @ 8:00 am
June 23, 2019 @ 5:00 pm