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SANDTA is a group of therapists with a special interest in Neurodevelopmental Therapy

SANDTA was established in 1976 as a way to support and equip therapists working with people living with cerebral palsy (CP) and other neuromotor conditions. Now a registered non-profit organisation, SANDTA has four interactive branches around South Africa.

What is Neurodevelopmental Therapy (NDT)?

Neurodevelopmental therapy (NDT) is based on the lifelong work of Karl and Bertha Bobath. The Bobath concept offers an interdisciplinary, problem-solving approach to the assessment, treatment and management of any individual with a limited ability to participate in daily life due to an impairment of motor, sensory, perceptual and cognitive function resulting from a central nervous system disorder such as cerebral palsy (CP).
The Bobath concept continues to evolve based on the evidence emerging through new theories, models, research and information in the neuro and movement sciences. The individual’s abilities and impairments are identified and addressed in relation to participation in functional activities. The NDT concept offers a hands-on, problem-solving approach with interventions involving handling and guidance of movement to optimise function for people living with central nervous system disorders such as cerebral palsy (CP).

Our Structure

National Executive Committee

The SANDTA NEC consists of volunteers who abide by the rules and mandate of the SANDTA Constitution to ensure the running of the association.

Meet our NEC

Education Committee

The Education Committee offers post-graduate training in the NDT approach (based on the Bobath Concept) to physiotherapists, speech therapists & occupational therapists.

Meet the team

Our Branches

SANDTA supports six branches roughly distributed within 5 of our 9 provinces, to provide support and CPD opportunities to SANDTA members.

Our Branches
occupational therapists
speech therapists

Our Mission

To promote the principles of the NDT/Bobath concept by:


Specialised training

Offering specialised training to health care professionals by means of CPD accredited NDT courses and workshops.


Support & resources

Providing support, resources and information for people affected by neuromotor conditions.


Clinical research

Supporting clinical research.

Get in touch with us

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Who can train in Neurodevelopmental Therapy?

    Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Speech Therapists who have completed their undergraduate training can apply.  It is beneficial if the therapist has some experience in working with individuals with neurological conditions and is in an environment where the skills learnt can be applied. There are introductory to advanced level courses which are presented in South Africa by a group of highly trained NDT Instructors. Once trained in Bobath/NDT, a therapist works in collaboration with clients, families, caregivers and other healthcare professionals to develop comprehensive individualised treatment programmes based on the concept and directed towards specific goals.

    Course profiles

    How can I keep my NDT skills up to date?

    A refresher course is now available online. Practical advanced level courses are presented around South Africa by Senior South African NDT Instructors as well International Tutors. In addition, there are six local SANDTA branches which operate throughout South Africa.  These branches organise regular CPD events where relevant clinical topics are covered.

    Annual Reports

    Our financial year runs from 1 July – 30 June

    Our constitution mandates that at the Annual General Meeting an annual report is presented by the Chairperson & a financial report by the Treasurer.

    2019/2020 Chairpersons report

    2019/2020 Financial report