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Physical Therapy in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Course: #1202 Level: Introductory 2 Hours 3 Reviews

Physical therapy practice in the neonatal intensive care unit is a challenging and rewarding field that requires unique knowledge regarding the needs of the premature child. This course will provide practitioners with an overview of examination, plan of care development, goal writing, and evidence-based interventions in the neonatal intensive care unit. Participants will also be able to develop effective educational plans for NICU parents that emphasize response to infant signals as well as parental bonding and involvement in their child´s care.

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Learning Outcomes

  • checkmarkDescribe the synactive theory of development as the basis for neonatal physical therapy management.
  • checkmarkIdentify the special needs of the neonatal patient and correctly interpret their time out and interaction signals.
  • checkmarkDescribe kangaroo care practices and list their effects on preterm infant development.
  • checkmarkDevelop meaningful physical therapy goals for the NICU patient.
  • checkmarkList evidence-based intervention strategies appropriate for the NICU infant, and describe important areas in parental education in the NICU.


0-10 Minutes Introduction and overview – the NICU environment
10-20 Minutes The special needs of the neonatal patient. Interpreting infant signals
20-35 Minutes Physical therapy examination and the synactive theory
35-45 Minutes Writing goals in the NICU and developing a plan of care.
45-60 Minutes Developmentally appropriate care – evidence for effectiveness
60-80 Minutes Other evidence-based interventions in the NICU
80-90 Minutes The parent perspective
90-110 Minutes Case study interactive activity
110-120 Minutes Q&A


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