This comprehensive course prepares practitioners to assess a child’s needs while determining which services and interventions they will need while in the NICU as well as upon discharge. Participants will learn to work with the family to provide a seamless experience. Management of the post NICU medically fragile infant will be stressed.
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This course will focus on preparing the infant and their family for transition home and for providing optimal developmental care post discharge. It is designed to provide medical, developmental and outcome data as well as intervention strategies to enable professionals working in the NICU to determine which babies will require services following discharge from the NICU, and to enhance the skills of the professional practicing within a home base and/or outpatient clinical setting treating the NICU graduate.
Upon Completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
- Discuss the developmental theories and evidence based outcomes of the premature infant
- Discuss a rehabilitative intervention with the premature infant while in the NICU
- Identify medical and developmental terminology, equipment, team members and common abbreviations commonly seen with the NICU infant and post D/C from the NICU.
- Identify common self-regulatory signals displayed by premature infants.
- Describe the state behaviors displayed by infants.
- Recognize typical newborn developmental motor patterns
- Discuss typical motor and sensory development observed in premature infants up to 4 months of adjusted age.
- Discuss the pathophysiology of common medical diagnoses found in the NICU and developmental outcome of these diagnoses.
- Discuss and identify the various components of a physical evaluation and examination of a premature infant and their family after D/C from the NICU.
- Recognize valid and reliable standardized testing tools available for assessment with a premature infant up to 4 months of adjusted age.
- Provide evidence based thoughts and comments for recommendations of follow up care of an infant and family/caregiver after discharge from the NICU.
- Provide rationale for selection of a therapeutic intervention plan of care with a post NICU infant and their family/caregiver.
- Determine positioning needs within a therapeutic intervention plan with the post NICU infant and their family/caregiver.
- Practice handling techniques in a simulated setting for promotion of postural control in static and dynamic positions.
- Determine the need for developmental follow up, family intervention, and a positioning and handling programming for NICU graduates.
Roberta “Bertie” Gatlin, PT, DSPT. Is currently providing services in the early intervention setting specifically assessing the transition of infants and families from the NICU to EI. She completed her career as an Associate Professor and Director of Admission for South College Department of Physical Therapy in July 2023. 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 Medbridge Education. Bertie provides programming instruction for Brooks Institute of Higher Learning Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency. Bertie’s experience encompasses physical therapy within the NICU, developmental follow-up clinic and outpatient pediatrics, servicing all age levels. She has been a department director for an acute care hospital and an outpatient pediatric rehabilitation center. Her research has focused on the infant with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and the outcome measurements used to identify their developmental needs. Bertie currently holds the Treasure Position for the APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy Executive Board and is Past Chair of the Neonatology Specialty Interest Group.
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.
"Bertie is very passionate about the care of neonates, which clearly comes across in her course. She has wonderful knowledge and experience to share. I highly recomment this course especially to therapists working in the NICU." -L. Scott, PT
"I thoroughly enjoyed this presentation as the speaker was not only engaging but very hands on and informative/ relevant to the INCU rehabilitative experience." -M. Purser, SLP
"This course provided excellent hands on learning through lab time. The instructor was very available for individual questions. There was lots of practical information discussed; I look forward to using these techniques with my patients" -D. Cook, OT
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