Live In-Person Course – One Day
October 30, 2022 – 8:00 am to 5:30 pm EST (US)
SAVE when you register for Holly’s live in-person course “Babies’ Bodies and Brains” on October 28 and 29, 2022 in Atlanta, GA, and receive a discount on this “Breathe, Baby Breathe” course!
REGISTER FIRST for the course “Babies’ Bodies and Brains” on October 28 and 29, 2022 at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, GA. THEN, look for a coupon code in your registration receipt to register for this additional one day course at the discounted price of $215.
Advance your assessment, treatment, and outcomes for infants requiring a tracheostomy tube. Medical co-morbidities associated with infants requiring a tracheostomy tube, implications of the tracheostomy tube on oral feeding/motor development, integrating physical rehabilitation treatments and respiratory therapy interventions to maximize infant outcomes with oral feeding, motor development, and daily activities related to play skills will be discussed. Expand your practice by integrating evidence into your clinical decision-making including reading/interpreting vent settings during interventions for objective assessments of infants that are intubated or have tracheostomy tubes. Expanded lecture/lab section devoted to infants with tracheostomy tubes include oral motor, feeding interventions, postural control, manual cough facilitation, positioning/handling, integrating use of a one-way valve into treatment, weaning respiratory support, and durable medical equipment recommendations for infant/family in preparation for home discharge. This course will focus on infants up to 12 months corrected gestational age with information applicable to clinicians working in the NICU, PICU, transitional pediatric care, in-home therapy, early intervention, and outpatient clinics.
At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:
- Differentiate medical pathology from normal development for infants requiring a tracheostomy tube
- Determine how the placement of a tracheostomy tube influences the development of oral feeding and postural control skills
- Identify three risk factors for feeding dysfunction associated with oral feeding an infant with a tracheostomy
- Apply at least two feeding strategies for infants requiring a tracheostomy tube to improve sensory and motor performance with oral feeding
- Apply at least two postural control strategies for infants with a tracheostomy tube to improve their ability to utilize vocal cord movement to enhance their cough, phonation, and gross motor movement
- Choose 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
COVID Safety Measures for in-person courses. Any guidelines issued by the hosting facility will be shared with you and must be reviewed. You will be required to show proof of vaccination and wear a mask at all times. Please do not attend the course if you are experiencing any symptoms of illness such as cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell. Please do not attend the course if you believe you have been exposed to someone with a suspected and/or confirmed case of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 COVID Safety Measure for In-Person Courses.
PTs, OTs or SLPs who work in the NICU, PICU, transitional pediatric care, in-home therapy, early intervention and outpatient clinics.
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.
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Support Center
1575 Northeast Expressway
Atlanta, GA 30329
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