New Live Webinar for Pediatric Therapists. Complete both sessions for 15 Contact Hours (1.5 CEUs)
October 15 and 16, 2021
8:40 am EST • 7:40 am CST • 6:40 am MST • 5:40 am PST (US)
This course “Babies’ Bodies and Brains: Multi-System Assessment and Treatment of the Premature/Medically Complex Infant for the Rehabilitation Professional “ (formerly named “Baby Beats – Level 2: Multi-System Assessment and Treatment of the Premature/Medically Complex Infant for Rehabilitation Professionals”) complements Holly’s other course Baby Beat and Breaths: Therapeutic Interventions for the Premature Infant with Cardiopulmonary Compromise”. These courses are not sequential in nature and may be taken in any order. If you have not taken either course before, Holly recommends taking the course titled “Babies’ Bodies and Brains: Multi-System Assessment and Treatment of the Premature/Medically Complex Infant for the Rehabilitation Professional” first.
This intermediate-advanced course will provide a systems-based approach to assess the premature/medically complex infant in the NICU/PICU setting. This course will focus on understanding the co-morbidities associated with prematurity and medically complex infants and increase critical reasoning skills for the clinician to create treatment plans to advance motor and feeding skills for the infant.
This course will provide the clinician with hands-on treatment techniques for positioning/handling infants in the Small Baby unit (infants under 32 weeks gestation), oral motor interventions to support pre-feeding/feeding development, edema management including lymphatic facilitation, post-surgical considerations for infants, trunk facilitation to support cough development, extremity facilitation to support ribcage development, pelvic floor activation for stooling, abdominal facilitation for infants with GI complications, scar assessment/treatment, and feeding techniques for infants with multi-system co-morbidities. Advanced information on reading/interpreting vent settings during interventions for objective assessments for infants that are intubated or have tracheostomy tubes. Expanded lecture/lab section devoted to infants with tracheostomy tubes included oral motor, feeding interventions, postural control, manual cough facilitation, positioning/handling, and durable medical equipment recommendations for infant/family in preparation for home discharge.
Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to do:
- Identify three anatomical and kinesiological developmental changes for the premature and newborn thoracic and abdominal cavity as related to motor development for oral feeding and postural control.
- Apply at least two positioning/handling interventions for small babies, with focus on interventions for infants 28 weeks and younger.
- Identify three neurological and gastrointestinal co-morbidities of prematurity (including anatomical changes post-surgical interventions for necrotizing enterocolitis) and the effects those co-morbidities have on feeding/motor development for the infant.
- Differentiate the lymphatic system of the premature infant from that of the full-term infant and how those differences affect feeding skills.
- Assess infant edema within face, extremities, and trunk using objective measurements.
- Apply two treatment strategies with positioning, handling and manual edema mobilization using the provided case study.
- Create an individualized care plan for an infant using the provided case study with tracheostomy tubes for improved outcomes with oral feeding, cough facilitation, motor control, and phonation.
- Integrate a systems approach to a current individualized care plan for a premature and/or medically complex infant.
Participant requirements for the course: In order to maximize the learning experience during lab time, each participant needs to bring a soft body doll. The ideal size would be 10-15”, but any soft body doll will work.
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.
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Continuing Education Hours for disciplines not listed below: 15 contact hours (1.5 CEUs). Intermediate level. License #______________.
Education Resources Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID# 02868. This Distance Learning-Interactive is offered at 15 contact hours 1.5 CEUs. (Intermediate Level, OT Service Delivery). AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures. Provider for the FL Occupational Therapy Association CE Broker for 18 CE Hours - approval #20-867388. NBCOT Professional Development for 15 PDUs.
ASHA CEUs are awarded by the ASHA CE Registry upon receipt of the CEU Participant Form from the ASHA. Approved CE Provider for up to 1.5 CEU’s. The learning assessment for this course was successfully completed and approved for 15 clock hours of continuing education credit by the TX Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Approved by the FL Physical Therapy Association for 18 CE Hours - approval #CE21-867388. Approval #2106-72 by the NJ State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 15 CEC's.
Approved sponsor by the State of IL Department of Financial and Professional Regulation for Physical Therapy for 18 contact hours. The Illinois Early Intervention Training Program has approved this event for 11.25 hours of EI credential credit in the area of Intervention. Approved provider by the NY State Board of Physical Therapy for 18 contact hours (1.8 CEUs). Education Resources is an approved agency by the PT Board of CA for 18 contact hours. Approved by the KY Physical Therapy Association for 15 Category 1 contact hours, expiration Date: 3/6/23, approval # CS64-2010-KPTA. This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners accredited provider #2210017TX for 15 CCUs and meets continuing competence requirements for PTs and PTAs licensure renewal in TX.
This course meets the criteria for 15 hours that can be applied toward the Neonatal Therapy National Certification. 12 hours of this course qualify towards the discipline-specific hours for the 20-hour requirement for NDTA re-certification. They do NOT qualify towards the 8-hour NDTA Instructor requirement for re-certification.
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