Learn evidence and case-based approaches to therapeutic interventions and strategies to modify environment, positioning, feeding, (bottle and breast), pain, sleep, and family support with an emphasis on critical problem-solving. Focus will be given to the NICU environment, the sensory experience, and feeding programs that best support developmental care and provide neuroprotection.
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Tools and Strategies for Developmental Care of Special Populations in the NICU is a problem-based course addressing very low birthweight babies, small baby teams, NAS, and the long-term NICU infant.
This introductory-intermediate level course will focus on therapeutic intervention programs in the NICU that are evidenced-based and will provide neonatal therapists with tools, strategies, and enhanced critical problem-solving skills. The course will provide a case-based approach to the challenges seen in special populations: the very low birthweight infant, NAS, and the long-term NICU infant. Critical problems will be the emphasis. Small baby teams will be discussed. Focus will be given to the NICU environment, the sensory experience, and feeding programs that best support developmental care and provide neuroprotection.
-Discuss key concepts of neuroprotection and stress in the NICU and how the neonatal therapist plays a role
-Be able to learn to provide therapeutic interventions and strategies for the environment, positioning, feeding, (bottle and breast), pain, sleep, and family support. Will include video learning and case studies.
-Incorporate developmental care into your practice with the very low birth weight infant, the late preterm, and infants with NAS
-Use clinical problem-solving skills to determine best practices to address the challenges presented by in the NICU both in terms of clinical issues as well as in multi-disciplinary developmental care
-Apply strategies learned to create change in the NICU regarding developmental care. Will include group project with practical strategies to take back to your own NICU
Lisa Kleinz, MA, SLP/L, is a Speech Pathologist who has worked in level 3 NICUs for over 20 years. She has also served as a Developmental Care Specialist, working with staff and families to create change in the NICU. She has certifications in Newborn Individualized Developmental Care Assessment Program (NIDCAP), Developmental Care Designation (NANN), Infant Massage Instructor,and Lactation Specialist. She is a Certified Neonatal Therapist and is an active member of National Association of Neonatal Therapists, in addition to being a committee Board member.
Lisa received her bachelors degree from the University of Illinois and her masters degree from Indiana University. She has presented at NANT conference and Gravens conference. In addition, she provides frequent Developmental Care and NICU education in the Chicago area and is a Clinical Specialist for Dr. Brown's Medical.
"I really thought the course was one for the most useful, practical NICU courses I’ve taken and I’m not sure what else I would add to it?! I wanted to respond and let you and Lisa know how much her course is/was appreciated"! -Melissa Bloomer
"Excellent course for therapists with all levels of experience. I have worked in the NICU for 13 year and this was one of the best NICU courses I've been to. Lisa put the research to support what we do at our fingertips and tips to apply to real life with real struggles. She encouraged open dialogue throughout. A must take course for every therapist in the NICU new or old." -- OT
"This was an absolutely wonderful overview of successful interventions for all "developmental care specialists" in the NICU. It truly addresses all areas of taking care of our NICU babies and putting their needs at the forefront of our minds. I am excited about starting my work in a NICU. The course presenter Lisa was energetic and wonderful. The material was very practical. I would recommend this course to all. Thanks Lisa!" -- PT
"Lisa is knowledgeable and practical and offers excellent ideas for NICU practice. She recognizes specific issues in the NICU and offers "doable" solutions to work towards integrated therapy in our most vulnerable population." -SLP
Connecticut Children's Medical Center
282 Washington Street
Hartford, CT 06106
This course meets the criteria for 13.5 contact hours (1.35 CEUs Intermediate level, Professional area).
This course is offered for up to 1.35 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).
NBCOT Professional Development Provider-13.5 PDUs.
This course meets the criteria for 13.5 hours that can be applied toward the Neonatal Therapy National Certification