ERIC Number: ED244483
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluating Neurodevelopmental Theory and Training with Cerebral Palsied, Severely Handicapped Students. Final Report.
Guess, Doug; Noonan, Mary Jo
The effectiveness and theoretical validity of Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT), based on neuromotor development among nonhandicapped infants and young children, was investigated across seven cerebral palsied, severely handicapped children, ages 2 1/2 to 12 years. Results indicated that training had a statistically significant effect for four children, and the visual analysis suggested a training effect in the data of two of these four children. Theoretical relationships among abnormal tonic reflexes and normal motor patterns were not supported by the data. A nonparametric test was significant for the group when the means for baseline and training were used to represent the data, but not when the slopes were used in the analysis. Because results were not consistent across all children, it was suggested that future research focus on subject characteristics that may relate to the effectiveness of NDT. Additionally, recommendations were made regarding measurement systems for evaluating change, and strategies for investigating the NDT therapy package. (Author/CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Kansas Univ., Lawrence. Dept. of Special Education.