Treatment of the Child with Hypotonia: An NDT Approach

Course Description:

This two day course is designed for physical, occupational and speech therapists working with children who have neurological or developmental disorders where hypotonia is a significant component such as Down Syndrome, DCD, genetic disorders, and some forms of Cerebral Palsy. The motor and sensory impairments associated with hypotonia will be defined and described along with the effect hypotonia has on function and participation. Labs will cover facilitation of improved postural control combined with strategies and use of movable surfaces to enhance postural stability, strength and motor learning related to specific functional outcomes. Adjuncts and home program suggestions will also be covered.

At the completion of this course you will be able to:

  • List impairments associated with hypotonia across a variety of diagnoses.
  • Describe the impact of hypotonia on acquisition of functional motor skills and participation in home, school and community.
  • Utilize treatment strategies practiced in labs with clients.
  • Develop home programs specific to impairments that are seen in children with hypotonia.

What others are saying:

"Linda did a great job demonstrating a variety of facilitation techniques. Thank you very much!"

"Linda Kliebhan was an excellent instructor; I greatly appreciated her use of various methods to impart her knowledge of handling-including use of a model, anecdotal tips, and a truly hands-on approach. Thank you!"

"This course really clarified the importance of postural control as a catalyst for movement at all levels. Linda is an excellent speaker presenting material in a clear and organized manner. Hands-on lab work was effective in reinforcing concepts that were discussed. I would highly recommend this course to colleagues."


Linda Kliebhan