ABNDTA runs a variety of courses. Below are a few outlines of our regular courses held throughout Australia.

Typical Child Development

Understanding Normal Movement for Paediatric Therapists

Foundation Paediatric Bobath Neuro-developmental Course

Neurosciences Course

Introductory Course

Advanced Baby course

Infant Development- What's Essential

Typical Child Development - Distance Based Online Module

This course content is essential knowledge and understanding for all Paediatric Therapists. Child development in the first 12 months of life will be studied in detail. We will explore not only what infants are doing, but also HOW they are learning new skills and refining others. The course content will cover all developmental domains including fine motor, gross motor, oro motor, communication and cognitive development.

The course is relevant for Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Speech Pathologists, particularly those working as a key worker in a transdisciplinary model.

This course forms one of the modules for the certificated Paediatric Foundation Course (based on Bobath/NDT) pathway.

Understanding Normal Movement for Paediatric Therapists

This two day course is designed to introduce participants to the concept of movement analysis in the assessment and treatment of children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Participants will be able to describe key components relating to the analysis of postures and movement sequences and learn how to facilitate movement with the opportunity to practice handling skills.

This course is Suitable for Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech Pathologists.

Foundation Course

This is a post graduate course that is specifically designed for physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists who work with children with developmental disabilities.

This course gives you an in-depth understanding of the theoretical basis of the movement disorders of neuro-motor conditions such cerebral palsy, as well as  a significant emphasis on supervised clinical practice to develop your skills in assessment and treatment of children across all ages.

The Basic Bobath Course is available to physiotherapists, occupational therapists or speech therapists with a least 2 years full-time/ equivalent postgraduate experience in the treatment of children with developmental disabilties. To maintain high standards of training it is recommended that therapists to be working with children before and immediately after the course.

The course is designed to:

i) Give an overview of the current theoretical background to the Bobath approach to the treatment of the child with cerebral palsy, through the study of neurosciences, syndrome classification, principles of assessment and treatment.

ii) Provide initial practical and clinical experience in the handling, assessment and management of children with cerebral palsy.

iii) Develop awareness of factors involved in problem solving and communication in all aspects of the treatment context, including the child, the parents, the therapists, the health and education teams.

Neuroscience Course

This two day NEUROSCIENCE course covers the topics below:

  • · Overview of the structure and function of the CNS
  • · Models of motor control
  • · Postural control, including balance
  • · Neuroplasticity
  • · Application to therapy for cerebral palsy and neurological conditions
Advanced Baby Course

This internationally recognised course aims to give therapists more in-depth knowledge of all aspects of infant development, enabling them to differentiate between typical and atypical development at an early age and to recognize when an infant is at risk and requires intervention.

Therapists will also be helped to refine, adapt and modify their skills to handling infants. Sensory and feeding difficulties will also be specifically addressed.

Planning intervention together with the family and/ or other caregivers will be emphasized to empower them in the day-to-day management and handling of their infant.

Infant Development- What's Essential

With all the variety seen in Child Development in the first 12 months, how do paediatric therapists distinguish between normal variants, delayed and atypical development?

What are the essential elements of motor function and skill development in the first 12 months?

What can be missed or omitted? Are deviations and variations acceptable?

This two day course utilises case discussion and video to analyse the variations seen in Child Development to assist therapists to identify babies and infants with developmental concerns.

Therapists will also develop treatment strategies and interventions to promote the essential elements of development to maximise outcomes for their clients.

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