Turn Mystery to Mastery! Neuromotor Task Training for Children with DCD or Other Coordination Difficulties – Motor Imagery Module

Event Phone: 646-269-9039

  • NTT Motor Imagery Module
    June 21, 2018
    8:30 am - 3:30 pm

with Prof. Dr. Bouwien Smits-Engelsman, PT

Seats are very limited due to the interactive nature of the course. Register early to secure one and save!



“Effective and engaging! Just can’t wait for the other NTT modules in June! :)” – PT with 10 years experience

“Learning by doing and working & critiquing colleagues is great! Time flies when you are having fun.” – OT with 20 years experience

“It is  great way to evaluate where the breakdown in learning a new motor skill occurs.” – PT with 6 years experience

“Lot of interactive pieces – hands-on tasks that engaged me.” – OT with 10 years experience

“Amazing speaker, funny, has a great way to encourage clinical reasoning.” – PT with 15 years experience

“Gave research throughout the course. Reinforcement of task analysis helped. I felt more competent as the day progressed. Thank you!” – OT with 8 years experience

“Enjoyed the specific ways to use NTT with different tasks and kids. Creative ideas to modify tasks were helpful.” – PT with 15 years experience

“Dr. Bouwien is very knowledgeable and a very dynamic speaker. She explained all of the concepts at a level that was very easy to understand and apply to real-life situations.” – OT with 7.5 years experience

Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) exhibit difficulty learning motor skills and transferring an acquired motor skill to another setting or task. It’s as if every task in another context is a new mystery that needs to be relearned.

Turn Mystery to Mastery!,  an 7-module series, provides therapists the knowledge and skills to help children with DCD learn and generalize motor skills using Neuromotor Task Training (NTT). Popularly used in Europe and other countries outside the US, NTT is a task-oriented approach that is based upon motor learning principles. It has strong support from numerous meta-analyses and systematic reviews, and is recommended by the European Academy of Childhood Disability (EACD) over body-function-oriented approaches.

NTT can also be applied to other children with coordination difficulties, such as those with Autism, ADHD, ADD, Down Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy with higher cognitive and physical function.

Turn Mystery to Mastery! – Motor Imagery Module on June 21, 2018 is a 1-day module for those who completed or are registered for Introduction to Neuromotor Task Training.

Studies have provided important new insights into how the motor control system is affected in children with DCD.  Many children with DCD have a deficit in motor prediction and online control, also known as the internal model deficit. New techniques, sought to train the internal models of movements without actually moving are Motor Imagery (internal rehearsal of a future motor action without overt motor output) and Action Observation (observation of the action performed by someone else).

These techniques have already been used in sport and adult rehabilitation; will now be used to develop a training protocol for a specific case study. Each attendee should bring case studies, including videos of a child exhibiting motor problems performing a task. Attendees should also bring equipment to record videos, such as a smartphone or tablet with connectors to a laptop. Attendees will take home a protocol for Motor Imagery.

Click here for a 1-page brochure that you can download, print or share. Note that attendance of/registration for the NTT Main Module is required. If you have not attended the Main Module, register for June 18, 2018 in NYC – click here for details and save even more.


At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe deficits in motor prediction and online control in in children with DCD
  2. Differentiate motor imagery and action observation, from physical practice
  3. Develop a training protocol that incorporates motor observation and motor imagery practice
  4. Add in task loading over the training session in the protocol
  5. Utilize video technology (e.g., smartphone, tablet, laptop) as part of a motor imagery training protocol.


AM Session

  • General Background on Motor Imagery and Action Observation
  • Evidence and Protocol for Motor Imagery Training (MIT) and Action Observation (AO) in Children with DCD
  • Inventory of Case Studies and Skills to Be Analyzed
  • Creating an Example of MIT and Trying It Out
  • Feedback and Discussion

PM Session

  • Make an MIT Package for Your Own Case and Add In Task Loading Options
  • Present Your Case and Show MIT Package to other Participants
  • Ways To Teach Motor Imagery
  • Feedback From The Group


OTs, COTAs, PTs and PTAs


This course qualifies for the equivalent of 6 hours of training. 

  • New York: PTs, PTAs, OTs & COTAs will receive 6 contact hours.
  • New Jersey: Apply EBP, LLC is currently applying for approval for 6.0 credits for PTs & PTAs. Note that there is no CEU approval process for OT/COTA.
  • Connecticut: Note that CT does not require pre-approval of continuing education courses. The content of this course qualifies as continuing education as per DPH OT and PT regulations.

If you would like to obtain CEUs for another state, please email applyebp@gmail.com.


January Launch Special: $189 – save $50 by registering by January 31, 2018

Early Bird: $209 – save $30 by registering between February 1 – April 30, 2018

Full Price: $239 – available starting May 1 – June 1, 2018


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Pay via Check: You will receive instructions to send check via mail within 7 days to be registered.


Main Module: Introduction to Neuromotor Task Training | June 18, 2018 | NYU Wasserman Center

Ball Skills Module: Neuromotor Task Training for Activities Requiring Ball Skills | June 19, 2018 | NYU Wasserman Center

Click here for more information about other NTT modules.


Registrants may cancel up to 14 days prior to the course for a refund minus a $75 administration fee. There will be no refund for canceling less than 14 days prior to the course. Substitution is allowed with an email notification to applyebp@gmail.com.  ApplyEBP reserves the right to cancel a course up to 21 days prior to the course due to insufficient registration, with a full refund to registrants. Please do not  arrange non-refundable travel arrangements until 20 days prior to the course, as ApplyEBP is not responsible for such expenses.

Email applyebp@gmail.com if you have any questions.

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