This comprehensive course prepares practitioners to assess a child’s needs while determining which services and interventions they will need while in the NICU as well as upon discharge. Participants will learn to work with the family to provide a seamless experience. Management of the post NICU medically fragile infant will be stressed.
- CEU DETAILS
This engaging course is designed to provide participants with tools and strategies to prepare the NICU patient and family for discharge and transition home. Class participants will learn to evaluate, identify, and optimize services and care for NICU graduates as well as to enhance home
based and/or outpatient clinical setting skills. Evidence based medical, developmental and outcome data will be discussed to inform treatment, best practices, and management of the medically fragile NICU child.
Upon completion of course, the participant will be able to:
1. Provide evidence based thoughts and comments for recommendations of follow up care of an infant and family/caregiver after discharge from the NICU.
2. Provide rationale for selection of a therapeutic intervention plan of care with a post NICU infant and their family/caregiver.
3. Determine positioning needs within a therapeutic intervention plan with the post NICU infant and their family/caregiver.
4. Determine the need for developmental follow up, family intervention, and a positioning and handling programming for NICU graduates.
Roberta “Bertie” Gatlin, PT, DSc, PCS graduated from University of Memphis in 1986 with a BS in Special Education and from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Department of Physical Therapy in 1989 with a BS in Physical Therapy. She completed her Doctorate of Science with an emphasis in Neurological and Pediatric Physical Therapy in 2013. She received her Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialty in 2001 and recertification in 2011. Her experience draws from over 28 years in the field of pediatric physical therapy. She is currently Assistant Professor in the Physical Therapy Department at Emory & Henry College, Marion, Virginia. Bertie’s experience encompasses physical therapy within the NICU, developmental follow-up clinic and outpatient pediatrics servicing all populations. Her research currently focuses on the Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, wound care practices for the premature infant in a NICU setting and obtaining norms for children in the United States on the Infant Motor Profile. She currently holds the Secretary position for the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association Executive Committee, the Regional VI Director and Neonatology Specialty Interest Group’s Vice-Chair position for the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy of the American Physical Therapy Association.
"Bertie is very passionate about the care of neonates, which clearly comes across in her course. She has wonderful knowledge and experience to share. I highly recomment this course especially to therapists working in the NICU." -L. Scott, PT
"I thoroughly enjoyed this presentation as the speaker was not only engaging but very hands on and informative/ relevant to the INCU rehabilitative experience." -M. Purser, SLP
"This course provided excellent hands on learning through lab time. The instructor was very available for individual questions. There was lots of practical information discussed; I look forward to using these techniques with my patients" -D. Cook, OT
Emory Decatur Hospital
2701 North Decatur Rd.
Decatur, GA 30033
This course meets the criteria for 15 contact hours (1.5 CEUs).
Approved provider of continuing education by the American Occupational Therapy Association #3043, for 15 contact hours - 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-15 PDUs
This course is offered for up to 1.5 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).
This course meets the criteria for 15 hours that can be applied toward the NTNCB Neonatal Therapy Certification