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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 22 years with the past 15 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 bachelors 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 NANT, Audrey Harris Vision NICU conference, and the University of Minnesota NICU conference. She provides frequent 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.
UCHealth Memorial Hospital North
4050 Briargate Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
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This course meets the criteria for 14.5 contact hours (1.45 CEUs). The AZ Board of Physical Therapy accept other state boards approvals. This course meets the CO requirements for 14.5 contact hours (1.45 points) – Intermediate Level, CAT 1.
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 PDUs
This course is offered for up to 1.45 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).
NBCOT professional development provider-14.5 PDUs.
This course meets the criteria for 14.5 hours towards Neonatal Therapy Certification.