This dynamic intermediate-advanced course will elucidate the cardiopulmonary implications for the premature or medically-complex infant as related to physiological stability, evolving motor control, sensory stability, and transition to oral motor skills that support feeding. Participants will learn to facilitate the infant’s ability to cough, produce audible phonation, develop oral motor skills, and improve swallowing skills, as well as gestation-age appropriate positioning and handling to support gross motor skills required for postural stability.
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This course will focus on the cardiopulmonary implications for the premature or medically-complex infant as related to physiological stability, evolving motor control, sensory stability, and transition to oral motor skills that support feeding. It will focus on advancing the critical reasoning skills of the neonatal therapist to support the infant’s ability to obtain foundational motor and sensory skills. These skills include the ability of the infant to cough, produce audible phonation, oral motor skills, swallow skills, trunk facilitation, gestational age appropriate positioning/handling to support the emergence of gross motor skills for postural stability. You will learn movement analysis skills (via lab time and video presentations) to assess breathing patterns, facilitation techniques to support trunk development, positioning strategies to support chest wall development, and feeding techniques to maximize postural control. We will discuss current literature as relevant to this topic and apply a systems theory approach for case study treatment planning.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to do:
- Discuss anatomical and kinesiological developmental changes for the newborn chest wall
- Discuss affects of prematurity and cardiopulmonary co-morbidities on chest wall development
- Integrate chest wall movement assessment and treatment strategies to maximize infant outcomes
- Design developmental positioning and handling interventions to reduce chest wall deformities
- Incorporate postural support with positioning and handling of infants for improved chest wall mobility during oral feeding
- Integrate a systems approach to individualized care plan for the infant with cardiopulmonary compromise
Holly Schifsky, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC, CBIS is an Occupational Therapist who has worked in pediatrics for the past 24 years with the past 16 years in a level IV NICU. She is a Certified Neonatal Therapist, Certified Neonatal Touch and Massage Therapist, Certified Brain Injury therapist, an active member of National Association of Neonatal Therapists, and has completed 6-month mentorship in infant/child NDT.
She has worked within the NICU and NICU follow-up clinic to maximize patient and family outcomes for the most complex premature and medically-fragile term infants. Holly received her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational therapy from the University of North Dakota in 1997. She has dedicated her career to clinical care and advancing developmental care practice patterns for all multidisciplinary team members.
She has presented at many regional and national conferences including National Association of Neonatal Therapists, American Physical Therapy Combined Sections Meeting, Audrey Harris Vision NICU conference, and the University of Minnesota NICU conference. She provides Developmental Care, Feeding Intervention, and NICU education throughout the country.
She is a faculty member for the Neonatal Touch and Massage certification. She is the recipient of the National Association of Neonatal Therapists Clinical Excellence award in 2018, due to her clinical expertise and dedication to advancing the therapeutic interventions for NICU infants with cardiopulmonary conditions.
"I cannot say enough of how helpful this information is. Holly is brilliant and I look forward to reviewing information presented and putting into practice." --
"WOW! Holly was very knowledgeable and did a great job speaking and explaining. Good videos and hands on." --
"If there were a higher rating than Excellent, I would give it to Holly. I valued the content and the manner in which her competence and character shined through the whole presentation. Thank you." --
Childrens Specialized Hospital
200 Somerset Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Hyatt Regency - New Brunswick
2 Albany Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
This course meets the criteria for 14.5 contact hours (1.45 CEUs).
Approved by the MD Board of PT Examiners.
The DC, DE, OR and VA Board's of PT accept other Board's approvals.
ERI is an approved agency by the CA Board of PT.
Application has been made to the FL PT Association for 17 continuing education hours.
Approved provider by the FL Board OT for 17.4 continuing education hours.
Approved provider of continuing education by the American Occupational Therapy Association #3043 for 14.5 contact hours (1.45 CEUs) Intermediate level. Occupational Therapy Process: Assessment, Intervention.
The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products or clinical procedures by AOTA.
NBCOT professional development provider-14.5 PDU.
This course is offered for up to 1.45 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level,Professional area).
This course meets the criteria for 14.5 hours towards Neonatal Therapy Certification