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 and checklists? In this course, you will learn how to assess and 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. Assessment skills will be appropriate for clinic follow-up as well as for use in early intervention programs. Intervention handling
and facilitation techniques will be introduced for use during functional activities with infants born preterm. You will learn to prioritize and adapt baby treatment techniques to accommodate for the special energy, respiratory, visual, and medical needs of infants born preterm. Interventions and techniques will be appropriate for in-home early intervention and parent coaching.
The instructor will use lecture, video, lab, and problem-solving formats. During the lab components, you will learn to treat by working with other class participants and with dolls. You should bring a beach towel (or yoga mat), a 20″ Raggedy Ann type doll, and wear clothing that is comfortable and easy to move in.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Compare and contrast developmental movement components in infants born full-term and preterm from birth.
- Identify insufficient and atypical movement components seen in infancy that will interfere with the development of functional activities and development of coordination as the child reaches school age.
- Apply knowledge gained about respiratory, visual, auditory, and physical challenges to effectively enhance infant treatment techniques to better meet the needs of infants born preterm and their families.
- Identify strengths and weaknesses of assessment tools commonly used for very young infants born preterm
Jan McElroy graduated from the School of Physical Therapy at the University of Missouri, completed a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy and a PhD in Pediatric Science from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She draws from over 40 years of pediatric experience with the 0-3 yr population in a wide range of settings including NICU, acute care, Early Intervention, outpatient, and inpatient rehabilitation. Jan owns a private pediatric PT practice in Columbia, Missouri. Her teaching experience includes clinical, classroom, and continuing education settings. She served as the primary physical therapy faculty on the Maternal- Child Health, LEND grant at the University of Missouri for 20 years. Currently Jan serves on the national developmental care panel to publish developmental care guidelines for the NICU. Her continuing education teaching focuses on baby treatment, assessment and treatment of infants born preterm, serial casting and temporary foot supports, and gait. Jan is co-director of the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions Continuing Education series in Neonatology and Infants Studies. She is currently conducting research in lower extremity movement patterns in infants born full term and preterm, gait, hypotonia, and movement in children with autism.
This course was very organized and informative. The instructor displayed great professionalism and presented the content using very helpful clinical examples which were relevant to my practice. I would highly recommend this course to my colleagues and would be interested in attending further courses with this speaker." - -L. Doronina, OT
"Jan's course was engaging and easy to follow. She uses videos, LABs and is very open to the participant in all disciplines. This was an awesome, informative and useful course. The rich discussions that took place among PTs, OTs, and SLPs helped me immensely. Many Thanks!" -A. Myers-Morris, SLP
Masonic Center Sponsored by Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Oakland, CA 94611
Courtyard - Oakland Emeryville
5555 Shellmound Street
Emeryville, CA 94608
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This course meets the criteria for 21 contact hours (2.1 CEUs).
Education Resources Inc. is an Approved Agency by the Physical Therapy Board of California.
Approved Provider of CE by the AOTA #3043 for 21 Contact Hours (2.1 CEU's)
NBCOT Professional Development Provider - 21 PDUs
This course is offered for up to 2.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).