Advanced Intensive Physical Therapy Techniques for Children with Disabilities


Because we focus on getting the best function for children with disabilities, we have several methods and approaches to help them meet their goals. We understand the challenges that each child with disabilities may encounter during the physical therapy process so we strive to have fun and enjoy play time to achieve our goals. There is nothing more satisfying during the session than seeing frustration turn into happiness, confidence and smiles. 

Neuro Developmental Treatment and the Bobath Approach


Neuro Developmental Treatment (NDT), also known as the Bobath Approach, was developed by Berta and Karel Bobath in the 1940s. It is an individualized approach that teaches the philosophy of “give patients life, not exercise.”

This is an advanced therapeutic approach that will help people who have central nervous system injuries that create difficulties in controlling movement. This hands-on approach utilizes key points of control to inhibit abnormal reactions and facilitate normal patterns of movement. This functional approach enables the individual to improve the performance of daily living activities.

NDT encourages functional activities appropriate for the developmental level and individual needs of each child. We also take into account the goals of the child’s family.


A series of sequential movements to maximize involvement of muscles and nerves.

Enhances passive & active range of motion, optimizing motor performance

Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation


Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) is a neurological approach that was developed in the 1940s by Herman Kabat, a neurophysiologist, and by Margaret Knott, a physical therapist. In clinical physical therapy environments, PNF is used to enhance both active and passive range of motion with the ultimate goal of optimizing motor performance and rehabilitation. The method has provided great success in the treatment of neuromuscular conditions and is now used worldwide.

PNF is a series of sequential movements designed for maximum involvement of muscles and nerves, producing the most combinations of movement patterns and sensory input. PNF encompasses all aspects of abilitation and can help patients with various degrees of dysfunction achieve their goals.

Motor Learning


We maximize use of the brain’s neuro-plasticity through motor learning. Motor learning is the execution of movement. Whenever you take an idea and turn it into action, you are utilizing motor control. Whenever you change the way you perform a movement, motor learning has occurred. Motor learning is the direct result of both practice and experience. It also provides feedback so that the learner can identify what movements and postures “feel right.”

The team at IPTI can help your child work toward his or her goals with these methods and the equipment we use. We focus on and emphasize helping children with disabilities correct and develop new skills. You may have tried other methods of physical therapy for your child with little success, but don’t give up. Progress is possible.

Give us a call today at (801) 251-0257 in Salt Lake City to schedule a time for a free consultation where we can determine together whether physical therapy with IPTI is right for your child.

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