Continuing Education Courses for Neonatal Therapists

Education Resources NICU courses

Education Resources offers many evidence-based, clinically relevant CEU courses for neonatal  occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech language pathologists, Dieticians and Nurses working in the NICU, and beyond. Our cutting edge courses are taught by distinguished internationally renowned faculty who are leaders in their field

The National Association of Neonatal Therapists (NANT) and Education Resources, Inc.  announce a partnership to strengthen the quality and accessibility of continuing education for neonatal therapists.

Education Resources, Inc. will expand its live workshops and in-house trainings for NICU and developmental therapists while NANT will continue to master online education for its members and global learners.

For our ever growing community of Neonatal Therapists, we are thrilled to announce the NEW  certification offered by the Neonatal Therapy National Certification Board (NTNCB) 

The CEU hours from our evidence based NICU courses do count toward the required 40 hours of education.

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Education Resources live courses are listed below. Please visit each page for full details, dates and venues, to download a brochure and for registration details

Solving Complex Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Problems (Intermediate-Advanced)
Joan Arvedson
This course will focus on clinical evaluation and decision making for a variety of etiologies that underlie pediatric dysphagia. Through case analysis participants will develop a toolkit of intervention strategies for complex issues including: medically fragile infants and children, picky eaters, children with gastroesophageal reflux, children with G-tubes and others. Special topics include airway stability as a basis for oral feeding, clinical and instrumental evaluations for decision-making in neurologic swallow problems, assessing atypical swallow problems and treatments and identifying the barriers to successful oral feeding. 

Intervention for the High Risk Infant: Providing services in the NICU and During the Transition Home
Rosemarie Bigsby
This two day seminar offers practical strategies toward a contextual approach to behavioral, developmental and feeding assessment and intervention. Video, demonstration and case examples will be used throughout the seminar to introduce the NICU Network Neurobehavioral Scale (NNNS), to illustrate feeding assessment and intervention and to train participants in administration and scoring of the Posture and Fine Motor Assessment of Infants. Participants will enhance their clinical skills through creative problem-solving around developmental and therapeutic intervention in the NICU and during the transition home.

Intervention in the NICU: A Neurodevelopmental Approach
Roberta Gatlin
This course is designed to provide participants with evidence based research that will contribute to their development and implementation of best practices of therapeutic intervention programs within a NICU environment. This course is designed to provide the therapist currently practicing within a NICU setting the knowledge base to apply evidence based assessment, application and intervention services. 

Intervention for Complex Feeding Disorders: Infants and Toddlers
Amy Kageals 
Intervention for Complex Feeding Disorders: Infants and Toddlers: This workshop will provide strategies to promote successful feeding for infants in the NICU, infants who are NICU graduates, and infants in EI who have medically complicated histories.  Participants will develop strong skills in interpreting case histories and how to use this knowledge to implement change, and will learn how to develop a treatment course to prevent and treat these disorders. Focus will be placed on direct treatment strategies.

NICU: Challenges, Pitfalls and Practical Tips for Successful Developmental Intervention
Lisa Kleinz
This beginner- intermediate course will focus on creating change in the NICU in developmental care for the bedside clinician. Content will focus on learning about neuroprotection for infants and how to provide care to assist with best possible development for the infant. Emphasis will be on practical strategies to implement
change. Areas of change will incorporate the healing environment, positioning, incorporating families, and feeding. There will be an opportunity for groups to develop
their own process change. 

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Infants Born Preterm: Identifying and Addressing Their Special Needs in Early Infancy to Support Development
Jan McElroy
Have you ever felt “at a loss” when treating a one month old…or an infant whose chronological age hasn’t yet reached term?  Have you ever assessed an infant born preterm and seen movement issues that weren’t reflected in the norm referenced tests?  In this course, you will learn how to treat movement dysfunction in infants born preterm beginning at NICU discharge.  We will assess movement pattern differences on which to build effective treatment interventions and address the challenges unique to the population of infants born preterm.  Intervention handling and facilitation techniques will be introduced for use during functional activities with infants born preterm.  Interventions and techniques will be appropriate for in-home early intervention and parent coaching.

Advanced Clinical Practice in the NICU
Beth McManus
This intermediate-advanced course will focus on clinical decision-making for medically and developmentally complex patients in the NICU and transition to home and EI. Emphasis will be on in-depth knowledge of pathophysiology of common NICU diagnoses and special populations; choice and interpretation of evaluation tools and evidence-based therapeutic interventions, implementing developmentally supportive oral feeding interventions, and transition to post-NICU care. Labs and video case analysis to allow attendees to integrate course material for complex clinical decisions around behavioral, developmental and feeding intervention. 

Torticollis and Plagiocephaly: Assessment and Treatment of Infants and Children
Cindy Miles
This dynamic evolving course will concentrate on progressive, effective treatment schemes for infants and young children with a diagnosis of torticollis with or without
plagiocephaly, including challenging cases. Participants will analyze the implications of torticollis, sleep posture and increased use of positional devices on infant postural
and motor development. Red flags for related early infancy and preschool diagnoses will be discussed. Clinical pathways for management of torticollis and infant head
shape will be reviewed. Functional, clinically oriented evaluation and evidence based treatment strategies for infants and young children that can be integrated into routines and play will be provided. Diagnostic procedures and surgical intervention will be appraised. Current Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines from APTA – Section on Pediatrics will be discussed and incorporated Emphasis on home exercise programs and effective strategies to team with parents will be explored. Learning opportunities for therapists and medical professionals involved in pediatrics will transpire through lecture, case reports, group problem solving and video review. 

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Assessment and Intervention with the High Risk Infant in the NICU
and During the Transition to Home
Roberta Pineda
This two day seminar will focus on behavioral, developmental and feeding assessment and intervention with high risk infants in the NICU. Factors related to parenting, the NICU environment, and the effects of altered sensory and motor experiences will be explored.  Through video analysis, demonstration and case examples, participants will practice their clinical problem-solving skills for this specialized setting.  Participants will enhance their observational skills, improving early identification of therapeutic needs that define targeted interventions in the NICU and during transition home. 

The SOFFI Method: Supporting Oral Feeding in Fragile Infants
Erin Sundseth Ross
This course provides immediately applicable practical information to help clinicians better identify and treat the factors that impact successful oral feeding of preterm and ill term infants. Utilizing a multidisciplinary approach—both in the NICU and after discharge to early intervention through the first six months—the course emphasizes strategies to facilitate infant abilities and develop caregiver feeding skills. Breastfeeding is emphasized as the best feeding method for infants, with some strategies to support breastfeeding. However, most of the feeding strategies are for bottle feedings, since more infant feeding problems occur with bottle feedings. The objective is to identify feeding readiness and provide intervention strategies from a framework of normal development. A holistic approach integrating the medical fragility of these infants is emphasized, using the BROSS approach and the SOFFI © Method.

Practical Strategies for Treating Complex Pediatric Feeding Disorders:
Treating the Whole Child
Mary Tarbell-Bickley
Clinicians will be taught the necessary components of a comprehensive evaluation of feeding problems including those encountered by children with oral motor dysfunction, oral motor inexperience, oral hypersensitivity, behavioral rigidity and anxiety as seen in children with cardiac issues, prematurity, ASD, syndromes, SPD. Focus will be on a holistic treatment approach for challenging feeding disorders that are characteristically seen with tube dependency, oral inexperience, severe oral hypersensitivity, rigid eating patterns, and difficulty transitioning to table foods.
Participants will leave with a comprehensive therapy tool box including suggestions for reducing mealtime stress and anxiety and ensuring family carryover. Video case analysis will enhance problem-solving in hospital, school, home and private practice settings.

Therapeutic Interventions in the NICU
Tracilyn Urruela
This course focuses on developmental and therapeutic interventions in the NICU. It covers assessment and treatment, transition to home, post discharge follow-up and identification of emerging disabilities. Strategies to optimize behavior, development and feeding of the neonate will be offered in addition to practical approaches to facilitating teamwork and caregiver engagement in the NICU setting and through the transition home. 

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Sources for Parents:

Hand to Hold

NICU Helping Hands

Grahams Foundation

Feeding Matters