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, two-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.
By the end of Foundation of Neurodevelopmental Care, the participant will be able to:
- Recognize the benefit of neuroprotective care to optimize infant development.
- Webinar 1: Infant-Driven Caregiving, Kara Ann Waitzman, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC
- Webinar 2: Brain and Sensory Development: Applications for Clinical Practice in the NICU, Aune Hjartarson, OT Reg. (Ont), CNT, NTMTC
- Webinar 3: Positioning & Handling of the Neonate, Virginia McGill, PT, DPT, PCS, CLWT, NTMTC
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Infant-Driven Caregiving, Kara Ann Waitzman, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC
59 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 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
94 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, PCS, CLWT, NTMTC
44 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.
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KARA ANN WAITZMAN, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC
Kara Ann has been a neonatal therapist for over 30 years in a large Level IIIB NICU where she serves as the developmental specialist and a occupational therapist. She is president of Creative Therapy Consultants, Founder of the (NTMC), and Co-Founder of Infant-Driven Feeding®. She holds several certifications including NTMTC, NDT, NIDCAP, and CNT. 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 2015 Inagural Pioneer in Neonatal Therapy Award from the National Association of Neonatal Therapists.
AUNE HJARTARSON NUNN, OT Reg. (Ont), CNT, NTMTC
Aune is an experienced Occupational Therapist in a large NICU at McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She received her undergraduate Psychology Degree and Occupational Therapy Degree from McMaster University. She is chair of the Developmental Care Committee, and provides comprehensive education for Neonatal Units and clinicians across the Region on neuroprotective care, feeding and swallowing, and complex discharge planning. Aune is an internationally sought after speaker, educator, and consultant. She lectures in the McMaster University Masters OT program on developmentally supportive care and the role of occupational therapy with premature and high risk infants. She has published in the area of clinical and videofluoroscopic assessment of aspiration in high risk infants. Aune is passionate about neuroprotective care and the importance of education to empower families and caregivers, and optimize the long term outcomes for preterm and high risk infants. Aune was awarded the OT Practice Excellence Award for 2013.
VIRGINIA MCGILL, PT, DPT, PCS, CLWT, NTMTC
Virginia McGill or Ginny received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Creighton University in 2001. She then practiced in Phoenix, Arizona in home care for developmentally delayed children and adults before transitioning in to the inpatient setting at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. She began neonatal practice in 2003. Neonatal therapy has been her practice focus from since then and has continued in Anchorage, Alaska where she moved in 2008. Ginny is now the Neonatal Therapy Supervisor for The Children’s Hospital at Providence Alaska Medical Center. She has developed competencies for therapy practice and nursing education programs for developmental care quality improvement. She has participated in VON work and the development of practice for micro premie care and kangaroo care. She has a special interest in skin care and is part of the NICU wound care team after receiving certification in wound and lymphedema treatment. Ginny enjoys living in Alaska and all it has to offer with frequent time spent kayaking, hiking, camping and kiteboarding.
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 Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (OBN-001-91) for 3.62 contact hours, approval number 2022-0000000067
- This activity has been approved by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 3.62 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.
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