NICU – Where it all Begins

+Course Overview

Therapists have been working in the NICU for a few decades now. Do we know what really works and what doesn’t? What does the research say? Does Developmental Care really make a difference? Let’s examine the history of the NICU, neurological development of the neonate, current Developmental Care practices and which practices are actually supported by research. Learn about protection of developing sensory systems, Developmental Care equipment, reading infant cues, and indicators of feeding readiness.

Learn how to encourage implementation of these practices in new and existing units and find available resources for further learning in order to promote health, well-being, and better development in our smallest patients.

+Learner Outcome
As a result of this 2-hour presentation the participant will be able to:
  1. Identify key areas of concern in the development of preterm infants;
  2. List current practices in Developmental Care that are supported by research;
  3. Outline beginning strategies for implementing these practices in the NICU environment.
+Upcoming Schedule

We don’t have this course on our schedule right now. If you would like to hire Jennifer to present this course, please contact us.

+Course Resources

Key references:

Born Too Soon: The Global Action Report on Preterm Birth _WHO 2012

Fucile S, Gisel EG, McFarland DH, Lau C. (2011). Oral and non-oral sensorimotor interventions enhance oral feeding performance in preterm infants. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2011 Sep;53(9):829-35. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8749.2011.04023.x. Epub 2011 Jun 27.

Grunau, RE., Holsti, L., and Peters, JWB. (2006). Long-term Consequences of pain in human neonates. Seminars in Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, 11, 268-275.

WF Liu, S Laudert, B Perkins, E MacMillan-York, S Martin and S Graven, for the NIC/Q 2005 Physical Environement Exploratory Group
A Literature Review to examine the existing evidence used to identify potentially better care practices that support newborn brain development
Published in Journal of Perinatology (2007) 27, S48-S74.

Lutes, LM., Graves, CD. and Jorgensen, KM. (2004). The NICU experience and its relationship to sensory integration. In C. Kenner and McGrath (Eds.). Developmental Care of Newborns and Infant (pp 157-181). St. Louis: Elsevier,