LIVE Webinar – Complete both sessions for 15 Contact Hours (1.5 CEUs)
August 18 and 19, 2023
9:40 am EST • 8:40 am CST • 7:40 am MST • 6:40 am PST (US)
This course is designed to provide participants with evidence based research that will contribute to their development and implementation of best practices of therapeutic intervention programs within a NICU environment. This course will arm the NICU therapist with the ability to apply evidence based assessment, application and intervention services for the babies and families they work with.
- Discuss the theoretical basis and the evidence based outcomes for therapeutic services in the NICU
- Identify common self-regulation signals and different state behaviors displayed by premature infants
- Discuss typical motor and sensory development observed in premature infants; 23-24 weeks gestational age to one month old post conceptual age
- Discuss the pathophysiology of common medical diagnoses found in the NICU, the outcome of these diagnoses and potential impact a therapeutic management/treatment intervention may have with the infant and family/caregiver
- Apply evidence based research to clinical application for therapeutic evaluation, assessment and intervention in the NICU and after discharge
- Provide evidence based recommendations of follow up care of an infant and family/caregiver after discharge from the NICU
This course is designed for therapists and developmental specialists working with the infant and family in the NICU, PICU, EI and home, up to their first year after discharge.
Participants should have a doll, two baby blankets and a baby bottle and nipple (any kind)
Roberta “Bertie” Gatlin, PT, DSc, PCS is an Associate Professor and Director of Admission for South College Department of Physical Therapy. She 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 and in 2013 with her Doctor of Science with an emphasis in Neurological and Pediatric Physical Therapy. She has been a Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist from 2001 thru 2021. Her experience draws from over 30 years in the field of pediatric physical therapy. She is an adjunct professor in the Physical Therapy Department at Emory & Henry College, Marion, Virginia. She provides post-professional education for Educational Resources Inc. and provides programming instruction for Brooks Rehabilitation Pediatric Residency. Bertie’s experience encompasses physical therapy within the NICU, developmental follow-up clinic and outpatient pediatrics servicing all populations. She has been a department director for an acute care hospital and an outpatient pediatric rehabilitation center. Her research currently focuses on Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and struggling students within an accelerated hybrid physical therapy program. Bertie currently holds the Secretary position for the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association Executive Committee. She holds the Neonatology Specialty Interest Group’s Chair position and is a member of the Finance Committee for the American Physical Therapy Association Academy of Pediatrics.
Roberta Gatlin receives an honorarium from Education Resources, Inc.
Her non-financial disclosures are: committee member for the Neonatal Special Interest Group and Finance Committee of APPT.
I have attended many NICU Intervention courses; this was by far the best organized, comprehensive, and useful course I have attended. Roberta Gatlin is so knowledgeable in NICU and Pediatric concepts. My peers and I took away many ideas and concepts we will integrate into our NICU. This is a great course for both beginning and seasoned therapists. -Cheryl Walker
The course was a very good introduction to NICU. The speaker was very attentive, answered all questions and provided good resources. There is plenty of useful information, therapeutic interventions, evaluations used. It's a very complete course. -Lisbeth G., OTR
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