NOLE is a scalable education solution designed for individual practitioners as well as a complete NICU staff. Whether you are a PT, SLP, OT, RN RT, CLS, LMT, Psychologists, NNP, or MD/DO, NOLE will further your knowledge on a vast array of neonatal neuroprotective, neuropromotional and family-integrated care topics.

The topics for all courses are presented in pre-recorded webinar format from neonatal experts who have often completed the research, provided literature, or lectured nationally on their topic.  These courses have the most up-to-date evidence-based information, require an 80% online test score, and completion of an evaluation to obtain contact hours. As a bonus, you’ll be able to complete these courses from the comfort of your own home!

Looking to change your NICU culture to be more neuroprotective and family-integrated?

Email us here or give us a call at 855-828-6862 to learn about large group discounts!

NOLE: Foundation of Neurodevelopmental Care

The Foundation of Neurodevelopmental Care provides all the essential components of neuroprotective, neuropromotional and family-integrated caregiving. A thorough review of Brain and Sensory Development is provided along with practical parent and healthcare provider care adaptations to maximize infant and family outcomes.  A review of infant developmental risks and how to protect the growing brain while promoting development is discussed.  Infant-Driven Caregiving activities, such as swaddled bathing, skin to skin holding, feeding, 2-person caregiving and more are reviewed.  The course also includes an in-depth, hands-on approach to positioning and handling for immediate change in practice after completion.

Regardless of your neonatal profession (OT, PT, SLP, RN, RT, CLS, LMT, Psychologist, NNP, PA, or MD/DO), the Foundation of Neurodevelopmental Care will provide you with an introductory education that can be put into practice right away. This course can completely change the culture of your NICU when numerous staff members complete it!

The 3 webinars included in this course are presented in pre-recorded webinar format from neonatal experts around the United States and Canada. All of the presenters have completed the research, provided literature, or lectured nationally on their topic. This course has the most up-to-date, evidence-based, relevant information, easy to implement practice changes and clinical scenarios. An 80% online test score and completion of the evaluation are required to obtain contact hours. As a bonus, you’ll be able to complete this course from the comfort of your own home!

Looking to change your NICU culture to be more neuroprotective and family-integrated or more consistent with care?  Click Here or give us a call at 855-828-6862 to learn about large group discounts!

Course Description:

The Foundation of Neurodevelopmental Care provides all the essential components of neuroprotective, neuropromotional and family-integrated caregiving. A thorough review of Brain and Sensory Development is provided along with practical parent and healthcare provider care adaptations to maximize infant and family outcomes.  A review of infant developmental risks and how to protect the growing brain while promoting development is discussed.  Infant-Driven Caregiving activities, such as swaddled bathing, skin to skin holding, feeding, 2-person caregiving and more are reviewed.  The course also includes an in-depth, hands-on approach to positioning and handling for immediate change in practice after completion.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of Foundation of Neurodevelopmental Care, the participant will be able to:

  1. Recognize the benefit of neuroprotective care to optimize infant development.

NOLE: Foundation of Neurodevelopmental Care is an Introductory continuing education activity.

Course requirements for Foundation of Neurodevelopmental Care includes completion within 3 months of registration, > 80% test score following each webinar and completion of course evaluation. No partial credit is available.

The registration fee is $100 per individual.

Significant group discounts are available when used for complete NICU staff. If interested in the group discount, give us a call toll free at 855-CTC-NTMC or send us an email at kara@neonatalcertification.com

Registration:

New Users Register Here

Existing Users Register Here

  • If you have completed NTMC or one of the other NOLE courses, you can register for the course by selecting the registration button for “Existing Users” and use your current credentials to log into the training portal.

To register by phone call (855) 282-6862, 10:00am – 4:00pm EST, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday

Access our cancellation policy here.

Special Needs Requests can be made directly here!

Access Foundation of Neurodevelopmental Care Speakers’ Disclosures here.

Infant-Driven Caregiving, Kara Ann Waitzman, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC

58 minutes| This presentation facilitates the participant to individualize the care provided to the NICU infant and family, based on the individual needs of the infant and family at the time. Likewise, developmental care practices such as skin to skin holding and swaddled bathing are shown through videos to help the participant implement these practices in the NICU.

Brain and Sensory Development: Applications for Clinical Practice in the NICU, Aune Hjartarson, OT Reg. (Ont), CNT, NTMTC 

93 minutes| This presentation will review critical brain and sensory system development in the context of NICU care. It will highlight tangible methods to adapt care practices, modulate the sensory environment and support brain and sensory system development. Strategies to involve parents and caregivers will be integrated as a vital part of supporting brain development and empowering families during the NICU admission. This advanced level information will enable neonatal clinicians to be intentional in the care they provide with the goal of optimizing the short and long-term outcomes for infants and families.

Positioning & Handling of the Neonate, Virginia McGill, PT, DPT, CNT, NTMTC 

45 minutes| Positioning of the neonate effects their postural and neuromotor development as well as their current physiologic stability and sleep. In this module you will learn why the neonate is particularly susceptible to changes in their development due to positioning and how to optimize their function now and for the future through infant positioning and handling.

Access Foundation of Neurodevelopmental Care Speakers’ Disclosures here.

AUNE HJARTARSON NUNN, OT Reg. (Ont), CNT, NTMTC

Aune is an Occupational Therapist in the NICU at McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She received her undergraduate degree and Occupational Therapy Degree from McMaster University. She is part of McMaster NICU’s small baby team and the VON collaborative. Aune is a certified neonatal therapist and has been privileged to call the NICU home for over 20 years. Aune is a sought after international speaker, educator, and consultant. She lectures in the McMaster University Masters OT Program and has published in the area of clinical and video fluoroscopic assessment of aspiration in high risk infants. She was awarded the OT Practice Excellence Award at Hamilton Health Sciences. Aune is a dedicated life-long learner, and passionate about education to empower clinicians, teams, and families in the NICU.

VIRGINIA MCGILL, PT, DPT, CNT, NTMTC

Ginny McGill graduated from Creighton University with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2001. She has practiced in the NICU for 22 years, at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Providence Alaska Children’s Hospital. She has received certifications in Neonatal Therapy, Neonatal Touch & Massage as well as wound care and lymphedema. Ginny teaches locally and nationally. You may have seen her speak through her work with the Vermont Oxford Network (VON), Engage Grow Thrive or Creative Therapy Consultants. She enjoys sharing knowledge and is grateful to her mentors, John Chappel, Mary Massery, Kara Ann Waitzman and the many babies, families and therapists she has worked with throughout her career. Ginny lives in Anchorage, Alaska with her family and dog, Finn, and enjoys exploring the outdoors, especially any water sport she can find.

KARA ANN WAITZMAN, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC

Kara Ann has been a neonatal therapist for 36 years in a level III NICU and serves as the nursery’s developmental specialist. Kara Ann is president of Creative Therapy Consultants, Founder of the Neonatal Touch & Massage Certification (NTMC®) Original Co-Founder of Infant-Driven Feeding® and original co-developer of the Infant-Driven Feeding Scales© She is certified in NTMC, is Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Therapy (NDT) trained and reliable in NIDCAP.  She has served on the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) Continuum of Care Advisory Board and Power of Touch Committee, the National Association of Neonatal Therapists (NANT) Professional Collaborative, the Pampers Womb to World Advisory Board, and the March of Dimes Program Services board. Kara Ann has been a nationally sought after speaker, educator, and consultant for over two decades and has published articles on positioning and feeding, and written a chapter on Neuromotor Development and Massage. She developed videos on Massage, Skin-to-Skin, and Swaddled Bathing. Kara Ann has received professional awards including the Ohio Occupational Therapy Pediatric Model Practice Award, the March of Dimes Healthcare Worker of the Year Award, the MVH Excellence in Service Award and the Inaugural Pioneer in Neonatal Therapy Award from the National Association of Neonatal Therapists.

NOLE: Foundation of Neurodevelopmental Care is an Introductory continuing education activity.

Course requirements for Foundation of Neurodevelopmental Care includes completion within 3 months of registration, > 80% test score following each webinar and completion of course evaluation. No partial credit is available.

  • This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the American Holistic Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
    • Approved to award 3.75 contact hours. AHNA Approval Number 1832.
    • Approval for contact hours through the American Holistic Nurses Association is based on an assessment of the educational merit of this program and does not constitute endorsement of the use of any specific modality in the care of clients.
  • This activity has been approved by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 3.63 CCUs for PTs and PTAs.
  • Creative Therapy Consultants is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. PD activity approval ID# 04071. This distance learning independent training is offered at 0.3 CEUs, introductory level, Occupational Therapy Service Delivery & Foundational Knowledge. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.
    • This PD activity is approved for 3.0 contact hours (0.3 CEUs).

*Partial credit for course will not be given.

NOLE: Getting Beyond the NAS Diagnosis: Promoting Infant & Family Development

Getting Beyond the NAS Diagnosis: Promoting Infant & Family Development is designed to change the care culture for NICUs, PICUs, or Mother/Baby units caring for infants with NAS/NOWS. The course is geared toward an Infant-Driven Caregiving model focusing on supporting infant development and family engagement.  The education reviews Adverse Childhood Experience studies noting the long-term risks for infants and families exposed to drugs. Tools to assess infants with NAS/NOWS are reviewed, as well as the latest evidence-based treatment approaches to optimally support the infant and engage the family. Videos with hands-on demonstration of non-pharmacological interventions are provided along with case scenarios and specific interventions to maximize infant’s sleep, play, development, feeding, bathing and self-regulation, while simultaneously engaging the family.

The pre-recorded webinars include the most up-to-date, evidence-based, easy to implement practice changes. An 80% online test score and completion of the evaluation is required to obtain contact hours. You’ll be able to complete this course from the comfort of your own home, start and stop as needed, and go back to review after completion if desired!

Looking to change your NICU culture to be more neuroprotective and family-integrated or more consistent with care?  Click Here or give us a call at 855-828-6862 to learn about large group discounts!

Course Description:

Getting Beyond the NAS Diagnosis: Promoting Infant & Family Development is designed to change the care culture for NICUs, PICUs, or Mother/Baby units caring for infants with NAS/NOWS. The course is geared toward an Infant-Driven Caregiving model focusing on supporting infant development and family engagement. The education reviews Adverse Childhood Experience studies noting the long-term risks for infants and families exposed to drugs. Tools to assess infants with NAS/NOWS are reviewed, as well as the latest evidence-based treatment approaches to optimally support the infant and engage the family. Videos with hands-on demonstration of non-pharmacological interventions are provided along with case scenarios and specific interventions to maximize infant’s sleep, play, development, feeding, bathing and self-regulation, while simultaneously engaging the family.

Course Includes:

  • Unit One: Putting Humanity Back in Healthcare
  • Unit Two: Have the Courage: Use the Power You Possess
  • Unit Three: Effects of Opioids: How We Got There
  • Unit Four: Treatment Approaches: The Movement Away from Drugs
  • Unit Five: The Human Connection: The Power of Touch
  • Unit Six: Infant-Driven Care: Therapeutic Activities
  • Unit Seven: Putting it into Practice: Non-Pharmacological Caregiving

Learning Outcomes

Analyze 3 family-integrated, neuropromotional activities appropriate for babies with NAS/NOWs.

Getting Beyond the NAS Diagnosis: Promoting Infant & Family Development is an Intermediate continuing education activity.

Course requirements for Getting Beyond the NAS Diagnosis: Promoting Infant & Family Development include completion within 3 months of registration, > 80% test score following each webinar and completion of course evaluation. No partial credit is available.

The registration fee is $100 per individual.

Significant group discounts are available when used for complete NICU staff. If interested in the group discount, give us a call toll free at 855-CTC-NTMC or send us an email at kara@neonatalcertification.com

Registration:

New Users Register Here

Existing Users Register Here

  • If you have completed NTMC or one of the other NOLE courses, you can register for the course by selecting the registration button for “Existing Users” and use your current credentials to log into the training portal.

To register by phone call (855) 282-6862, 10:00am – 4:00pm EST, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday

Access our cancellation policy here.

Special Needs Requests can be made directly here!

Access Getting Beyond the NAS Diagnosis: Promoting Infant & Family Development Speaker Disclosure here.

Getting Beyond the NAS Diagnosis: Promoting Infant & Family Development, Kara Ann Waitzman, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC

This course will provide learners with updated knowledge of the opioid epidemic, NAS diagnosis, assessment tools, treatment approaches and how to adapt care to optimize infant development and family involvement.  Specific infant-driven caregiving activities such as swaddled bathing, feeding, neonatal massage, skin to skin holding, positioning and handling and developmental play activities are just a few of the neuropromotional activities reviewed to promote self-regulation, sleep, feeding and infant-family attachment.

  • 3 minutes| Unit One: Putting Humanity Back in Healthcare
  • 20 minutes| Unit Two: Have the Courage: Use the Power You Possess
  • 19 minutes| Unit Three: Effects of Opioids: How We Got There
  • 13 minutes| Unit Four: Treatment Approaches: The Movement Away from Drugs
  • 13 minutes| Unit Five: The Human Connection: The Power of Touch
  • 26 minutes| Unit Six: Infant-Driven Care: Therapeutic Activities
  • 32 minutes| Unit Seven: Putting it into Practice: Non-Pharmacological Caregiving

Access Getting Beyond the NAS Diagnosis: Promoting Infant & Family Development Speaker Disclosure here.

KARA ANN WAITZMAN, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC

Kara Ann has been a neonatal therapist for 36 years in a level III NICU and serves as the nursery’s developmental specialist. Kara Ann is president of Creative Therapy Consultants, Founder of the Neonatal Touch & Massage Certification (NTMC®) and Original Co-Founder of Infant-Driven Feeding® and original co-developer of the Infant-Driven Feeding Scales©. She is certified in NTMC, is Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Therapy (NDT) trained and reliable in NIDCAP. She has served on the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) Continuum of Care Advisory Board and Power of Touch Committee, the National Association of Neonatal Therapists (NANT) Professional Collaborative, the Pampers Womb to World Advisory Board, and the March of Dimes Program Services Board. Kara Ann has been a nationally sought after speaker, educator, and consultant for almost three decades and has published articles on Neuroprotection, positioning and feeding, and has written a chapter on Neuromotor Development and Massage. She developed videos on Massage, Skin-to-Skin, and Swaddled Bathing. Kara Ann has received professional awards including the Ohio Occupational Therapy Pediatric Model Practice Award, the March of Dimes Healthcare Worker of the Year Award, the MVH Excellence in Service Award and the Inaugural Pioneer in Neonatal Therapy Award from the National Association of Neonatal Therapists.

Getting Beyond the NAS Diagnosis: Promoting Infant & Family Development is an Intermediate continuing education activity.

Course requirements for Getting Beyond the NAS Diagnosis: Promoting Infant & Family Development include completion within 3 months of registration, > 80% test score following each webinar and completion of course evaluation. No partial credit is available.

  • This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved for 2.26 contact hours by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91) Activity Number 2022-0000000503.
  • This activity has been approved by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 2.18 CCUs for PTs and PTAs
  • Creative Therapy Consultants is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. PD activity approval ID# 04913. This distance learning independent training is offered at .2 CEUs, intermediate level, Occupational Therapy Service Delivery & Foundational Knowledge.  The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.
    • This PD activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours (0.2 CEUs).

*Partial credit for course will not be given.

NOLE: Next Steps for Neonatal Therapy

Are you a neonatal or pediatric OT, PT or SLP ready to take the next step to improve your therapy practice? Next Steps for Neonatal Therapy is an advanced level course that will provide you with in-depth knowledge about infant’s developing respiratory and lymphatic systems and the advanced clinical reasoning skills used to maximize an infant’s development and participation in feeding, sleeping, playing and infant-parent bonding.

The 3 pre-recorded webinars included in this course are presented by neonatal experts who have often completed the research, provided literature, or lectured nationally on their topic. This course has the most up-to-date evidence-based, relevant information, easy to implement practice changes and clinical scenarios. An 80% online test score and completion of the evaluation are required to obtain contact hours. As a bonus, you’ll be able to complete this course from the comfort of your own home!

Course Description:

Next Steps for Neonatal Therapy is an advanced level course that will provide you with an in-depth knowledge about infant’s developing respiratory and lymphatic systems and the advanced clinical reasoning skills used to maximize an infant’s development and participation in feeding, sleeping, playing and infant-parent bonding.

Course Includes:

Webinar 1: Thinking Out Loud: Advanced Clinical Reasoning at the Bedside
Webinar 2: The Lymphatic System: Integrating Manual Edema Mobilization within the NICU
Webinar 3: The Respiratory System

Learning Outcomes

By the end of Next Steps for Neonatal Therapy, the participant will be able to:

  1. Develop a plan of care using advanced clinical reasoning.
  2. Modify the caregiver’s role to optimize lymphatic and respiratory system function.

Next Steps for Neonatal Therapy is an Advanced continuing education activity.

Course requirements for Next Steps for Neonatal Therapy include completion within 3 months of registration, > 80% test score following each webinar and completion of course evaluation. No partial credit is available.

The registration fee is $100 per individual.

Significant group discounts are available when used for complete NICU staff. If interested in the group discount, give us a call toll free at 855-CTC-NTMC or send us an email at kara@neonatalcertification.com

Registration:

New Users Register Here

Existing Users Register Here

  • If you have completed NTMC or one of the other NOLE courses, you can register for the course by selecting the registration button for “Existing Users” and use your current credentials to log into the training portal.

To register by phone call (855) 282-6862, 10:00am – 4:00pm EST, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday

Access our cancellation policy here.

Special Needs Requests can be made directly here!

Access Next Steps for Neonatal Therapy Speakers’ Disclosures here

Thinking Out Loud: Advanced Clinical Reasoning at the BedsideAune Hjartarson, OT Reg. (Ont), CNT, NTMTC

66 minutes| This presentation will discuss advanced clinical reasoning skills that focus on problem solving strategies, recommendations, interactions and practices that are evidence based, holistic and integrated with other neonatal healthcare professionals.  Multiple patient case examples will be provided, discussed and analyzed. Additionally, the importance of a transdisciplinary caregiving approach and how it differs from multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary caregiving will be reviewed, as well as the necessary steps to create this culture.

The Lymphatic System: Integrating Manual Edema Mobilization within the NICU, Holly Schifsky, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC, CBIS

77 minutes| Medically complex and premature infants in the NICU can demonstrate fluctuations with excessive fluid in their extremities due to co-morbidities or genetic conditions. During this session, we will review the development of the lymphatic system, its role to allow infants the ability to obtain physiological stability, and positioning/handling interventions to maximize the ability of the integumentary system to support lymphatic flow. Discussion of therapeutic interventions and assessment of edema to determine critical reasoning for treatment planning with use of manual edema mobilization or complete lymphedema therapy.

The Respiratory System, Ann Davis, M.Ed. RRT-NPS

73 minutes| This presentation describes the major causes of lung injury in the newborn, the risk factors associated with chronic lung disease, the impact of infant positioning on the artificial airway, characteristics of respiratory support modalities and the possible causes of a BPD “spell”.

Access Next Steps for Neonatal Therapy Speakers’ Disclosures here.

ANN DAVIS, M.Ed. RRT-NPS

Ann is a licensed respiratory care practitioner and neonatal pediatric specialist who has cared for neonatal patients for over 34 years. She has worked in a 60 bed, single family room, level 3 NICU as a staff therapist and trainer, as an infant monitoring specialist, and as an educator for the interdisciplinary NICU team. In her role as an infant monitoring specialist, Ann was a co-author for a white paper detailing the use of documented event monitoring for pre-discharge screening. Her committee work included providing education for the small baby team initiative and she worked with Creative Therapy Consultant President Kara Ann Waitzman and other NICU professionals to develop the best practice for skin-to-skin transfer of the intubated infant. Ann also developed a comprehensive neonatal stabilization training and continuing competency program for birthing center respiratory therapists within the hospital network.  As adjunct faculty at a local community college, Ann developed and facilitates an online short term certificate program focusing on respiratory care of the newborn. She also provides classroom and simulation laboratory instruction to future respiratory therapists focusing on physiology, disease processes, and best practices unique to the neonatal and pediatric patient.

AUNE HJARTARSON NUNN, OT Reg. (Ont), CNT, NTMTC

Aune is an Occupational Therapist in the NICU at McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She received her undergraduate degree and Occupational Therapy Degree from McMaster University. She is part of McMaster NICU’s small baby team and the VON collaborative. Aune is a certified neonatal therapist and has been privileged to call the NICU home for over 20 years. Aune is a sought after international speaker, educator, and consultant. She lectures in the McMaster University Masters OT Program and has published in the area of clinical and video fluoroscopic assessment of aspiration in high risk infants. She was awarded the OT Practice Excellence Award at Hamilton Health Sciences. Aune is a dedicated life-long learner, and passionate about education to empower clinicians, teams, and families in the NICU.

HOLLY SCHIFSKY, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC, CBIS

Holly is an Occupational Therapist who has worked in pediatrics for the past 24 years with the past 16 years in a level IV NICU. She is a Certified Neonatal Therapist, Certified Neonatal Touch and Massage Therapist, Certified Brain Injury therapist, an active member of National Association of Neonatal Therapists, and has completed a 6-month mentorship in infant/child NDT. She has worked within the NICU and NICU follow-up clinic to maximize patient and family outcomes for the most complex premature and medically- fragile term infants. Holly received her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of North Dakota in 1997. She has dedicated her career to clinical care and advancing developmental care practice patterns for all multidisciplinary team members. She is a faculty member for the Neonatal Touch & Massage Certification and for Education Resources Incorporate. She provides educational courses to NICU clinicians across the world and has presented at many regional and national conferences. She provides Developmental Care, Feeding Intervention, and NICU education throughout the country. She is the recipient of the National Association of Neonatal Therapists Clinical Excellence award in 2018, due to her clinical expertise and dedication to advancing the therapeutic interventions for NICU infants with cardiopulmonary conditions.

Next Steps for Neonatal Therapy is an Advanced continuing education activity.

Course requirements for Next Steps for Neonatal Therapy include completion within 3 months of registration, > 80% test score following each webinar and completion of course evaluation. No partial credit is available.

  • This activity has been approved by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 3.96 CCUs for PTs and PTAs.
  • Creative Therapy Consultants is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. PD activity approval ID# 04098. This distance learning independent training is offered at 0.418 CEUs, advanced level, Occupational Therapy Service Delivery & Foundational Knowledge. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.
    • This PD activity is approved for 4.18 contact hours (0.418 CEUs).

  • Speech Language Pathologists
    • NOLE: Next Steps for Neonatal Therapy is offered for .35 ASHA CEUs.

*Partial credit for course will not be given.