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.
- Describe the synactive theory of development as the basis for neonatal physical therapy management.
- Identify the special needs of the neonatal patient and correctly interpret their time out and interaction signals.
- Describe kangaroo care practices and list their effects on preterm infant development.
- Develop meaningful physical therapy goals for the NICU patient.
- List 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|
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