In-Person Course for Pediatric Therapists. Complete Both Sessions for 14 Contact Hours (1.4 CEUs)
January 28 and 29, 2023
Texas Children’s Hospital – Houston, TX
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.
COVID Safety Measures for In-Person Courses:
Effective January 3, 2023, mandatory masking has been reinstated at this facility. Any additional guidelines issued by the hosting facility will be shared with you in a confirmation email 2 weeks prior to the course along with a liability waiver to be signed and submitted at registration. Please do not attend the course if you are experiencing any symptoms of illness such as cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell. Please do not attend the course if you believe you have been exposed to someone with a suspected and/or confirmed case of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 COVID Safety Measure for In-Person Courses.
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.
Financial Disclosure: Ms. Knudsen receives an honorarium as a Board Member of Pampers and AngelEye Health. She receives a speaking honorarium from Education Resources, Inc.
Non-Financial Disclosure: Ms. Knudsen serves on the Neonatal Therapy Certification Board and Vermont Oxford Network Multidisciplinary Advisory Council.
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
Texas Children's Hospital - Feigin Center
1102 Bates Ave.
1st Floor, Conference Room A
Houston, TX 77030
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Continuing Education Hours for disciplines not listed below: 14 contact hours (1.4 CEUs). Advanced level. License #______________.
Education Resources Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID# 03797. This Distance Learning-Interactive Course is offered at 14 contact hours 1.4 CEUs, ADVANCED Level, OT Service Delivery. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products or clinical procedures. This course can be used toward your NBCOT renewal requirements for 14 units. ASHA CEUs are awarded by the ASHA CE Registry upon receipt of the CEU Participant Form from the ASHA. Approved CE Provider for up to 1.4 CEU’s. ASHA credits are accepted by the TX Department of License and Renewal. Course meets the basic criteria of the MD Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 14 contact hours, 1.4 CEU's. Approval #2201-07 by the NJ State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 14 CEC's. Approved sponsor by the State of IL Department of Financial and Professional Regulation for Physical Therapy for 16.5 contact hours. Approved provider by the NY State Board of Physical Therapy for 16.5 contact hours (1.65 CEUs). Approved Provider for OK State Board of Medical Licensure & Supervision #BAP202310003. Education Resources is an approved agency by the PT Board of CA for 14 contact hours. Approved by the KY Physical Therapy Association for 14 Category 1 contact hours, expiration Date: 3/6/23, approval # CS64-2010-KPTA. This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners accredited provider #2210017TX for 14 CCUs and meets continuing competence requirements for PTs and PTAs licensure renewal in TX. This course meets the criteria for 14 hours that can be applied toward the Neonatal Therapy National Certification. 12 hours of this course qualify towards the discipline-specific hours for the 20-hour requirement for NDTA re-certification. They do NOT qualify towards the 8-hour NDTA Instructor requirement for re-certification.
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