Turn Mystery to Mastery! Neuromotor Task Training for Children with DCD or Other Coordination Difficulties – PT Track

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  • Turn Mystery to Mastery! NTT for Children with DCD - PT Track
    March 7, 2018 - March 8, 2018
    8:30 am - 3:30 pm

with Prof. Dr. Bouwien Smits-Engelsman, PT

Feb. 18 Update: SOLD OUT! Email applyebp@gmail.com to be placed on a waitlist. Or check out the ADL Track, March 13-14, 2018.

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! 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.

Apply EBP brings to the US Dr. Bouwien’s 7-module series of NTT courses for the first time.  PTs and PTAs starts their NTT series with the 2-day Turn Mystery to Mastery! PT Track scheduled for March 7-8, 2018 in New York, NY. The PT Track includes the following 2 modules:

Main Module: Introduction to Neuromotor Task Training for Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder 

This course will provide an overview of evidence for task-oriented intervention approach in children with DCD. The instructor will explain the 5 main steps of the NTT process, starting with (1) assessment and identification of needs within the daily activities of the child; (2) selecting tasks the child, family or teachers would like to work on in therapy; (3) systematic approach to identifying factors that limit and enable task performance; (4) practice training, and ; (5) reevaluation and transfer opportunity checks.

Participants will be introduced to Task Analysis and Task Performance Analysis. They will also practice the concepts of Task Loading, Task Specificity and Guided Discovery. The instructor will emphasize the importance of differentiating between teaching methods used for children at different ages and stages in their learning and development. She will also explain the application of the Motor Teaching Principle Taxonomy (MTPT) within the 3 categories of Giving Instructions, Sharing Knowledge and Providing Feedback.

Balance & Agility Module: NTT for Skills Requiring Dynamic Balance & Agility

Many recreational games and sport activities involve rapid whole body movements with changes in velocity or direction. Such skills are difficult for children with poor dynamic balance. Different activities will be analyzed, for example, walking with a tray, playing tag, hopping, jump rope, or others. Some training programs for these activities will be developed and tried out.

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

  1. List the motor control and motor learning principles underlying task-specific training
  2. Describe the application of motor control and motor learning principles in clinical practice
  3. Conduct a task analysis and task performance analysis of a motor task that requires dynamic balance and agility
  4. Demonstrate examples of task loading during performance of a motor task
  5. Describe motor teaching principles in relation to motor learning
  6. Explain how to evaluate task performance by comparing task performance and task load, pre- and post-intervention


Day 1: Introduction to NTT

AM Session

  • Overview of the New EACD DCD Guideline
  • What Is Specific about Task-Specific Training: Motor Learning Principles & Motor Control Evidence
  • Task Analysis
  • Task Performance Analysis

PM Session

  • Task Loading: Variability within the Same Task
  • Relationship between Motor Learning & Motor Teaching: Taxonomy of Motor Teaching
  • Action Plan: Applying Task-Oriented Training

Day 2: Balance & Agility Module

AM Session

  • Development of Skills Requiring Dynamic Balance & Agility
  • What is Specific about Dynamic  Balance & Agility Skills Training
  • Task Analysis of Activities Requiring Dynamic Balance & Agility
  • Task Performance Analysis of Activities Requiring Dynamic Balance & Agility

PM Session

  • Task Loading in Activities Requiring Dynamic Balance & Agility
  • Ways to Teach Activities Requiring Dynamic Balance & Agility
  • Action Plan: Applying Task-oriented Training in Activities Requiring Dynamic Balance & Agility


PTs and PTAs


This course qualifies for the equivalent of 12 hours of training. 

  • New York: PTs, PTAs, OTs and COTAs will receive 14.4 contact hours.
  • New Jersey: Apply EBP, LLC is currently applying for approval for 12.0 credits for PTs & PTAs. Note that course pre-approval is not required for OTs and COTAs.
  • Pennsylvania: Apply EBP, LLC is currently applying for approval for 12.0 contact hours for PTs, PTAs, OTAs and COTAs.
  • 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: $369 – save $60 by registering by January 31, 2018

Early Bird: $399 – save $30 by registering between February 1 – 12, 2018

Full Price: $429 – available between February 13 – 28, 2018


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Turn Mystery to Mastery! Neuromotor Task Training for Children with DCD – ADL Track/OT Track  | March 13-14, 2018 | NYU Wasserman Center 

March 13-14, 2018 | New York, NY

Further your NTT skills! Therapists who are registered for this course can register for these upcoming NTT 1-day modules:

Motor Imagery Module: Motor Imagery Protocol for Children with DCD | June 12, 2018 | NYU Wasserman Center

Ball Skills Module: Neuromotor Task Training for Activities Requiring Ball Skills | June 13, 2018 | NYU Wasserman Center

Curious about other NTT modules? Click here for descriptions.


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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