Live Webinar for Pediatric Therapists. Complete Both Sessions for 14 Contact Hours (1.4 CEUs)
October 20 and 21, 2023
10:40 am EST • 9:40 am CST • 8:40 am MST • 7:40 am PST (US)
This dynamic and collaborative advanced NICU therapy course will enable clinicians to apply strategies to support infants with extreme prematurity, complex neurological diagnoses, and in utero substance exposure using advanced problem-solving techniques. Modification of developmental and family-integrated practices to meet the needs of medically-complex infants will be discussed. Therapists will learn specific neuroprotective and neuropromotive strategies to support small babies in the NICU. Methods will be provided to support infants beyond the NICU through identification of follow up concerns, options for long-term support, and family integration to promote parent advocacy. Additionally, tools will be provided to support an expanded role of therapy in the NICU by establishing the benefits of strong developmental perspective, focus on long-term outcomes, increased role of therapists from admission through discharge, and team collaboration. Finally, clinicians will be able to identify and implement quality improvement techniques to better assist neonates and define and improve therapeutic outcomes.
- Utilize three strategies to support infants with extreme prematurity, complex neurological diagnoses, and in utero substance exposure using advanced problem-solving techniques.
- Apply at least two neuroprotective and neuropromotive strategies to support complex patients in the NICU.
- Determine a novel method to support infants beyond the NICU through identification of follow-up concerns, options for long-term support, and family integration to promote parent advocacy.
- Recommend a way to increase therapists’ presence or therapeutic practices in the NICU, using the cases provided.
- Determine a quality improvement technique to better assist neonates and therapeutic outcomes.
This course is for PTs, OTs, and SLPs in the NICU environment.
Kati Knudsen PT, MPT, CNT, PCS, DCS, CLEhas practiced as a pediatric physical therapist since 1996 and as a therapist in the NICU since 1999. Kati is lead therapist for two NICUs at sister hospitals in Portland, Oregon. She has obtained certifications in neonatal therapy, pediatric physical therapy, lactation education, neurodevelopmental treatment, infant massage, developmental care, and transportation of children with special needs in order to better support infants and families. Kati has published articles about support for preterm and medically fragile infants and has spoken nationally and internationally on care of infants in the NICU. Kati serves as the therapy representative on the Vermont Oxford Network Multidisciplinary Advisory Council and is a founding member and past co-chair of the Neonatal Therapy Certification Board. Kati also sees patients in NICU follow-up clinic where she has helped to redesign care to make it more accessible to families.
Kati demonstrated advanced knowledge with detailed organization to cover the medically complex neonate well. The course is designed with multiple opportunities to engage in discussion which enriches the experience and broadens the overall learning experience. I enjoyed hearing how colleague address similar NICU challenges across the country. I had multiple methods and ways to consider the course content and to bring directly back to my NICU. -Katy B., PT, CNT
Katie was thorough, evidence based, and provided a plethora of resources and materials . She went above and beyond with making herself readily available and I feel like I have a colleague forever who I can reach out to for advice and support . She made this course collaborative and interactive. -Melissa P., SLP
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