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Baby Beats–Level 2: Multi-System Assessment and Treatment of the Premature/Medically Complex Infant for Rehabilitation Professionals- LIVE WEBINAR-Two Sessions

Education Resources, Inc.

Format(s):   Live Webinar
Discipline(s):   Physical Therapy / Occupational Therapy / Speech-Language
Contact Hours:   15
Registration Fee:   $369

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to do: Discuss anatomical and kinesiological developmental changes for the premature and newborn thoracic and abdominal cavity as related to motor development for oral feeding and postural control. Apply positioning/handling interventions for Small babies, with focus on interventions for infants 28 weeks and younger. Discuss neurological and gastrointestinal co-morbidities of prematurity (including anatomical changes post-surgical interventions for necrotizing enterocolitis) and its effects on feeding/motor development for the infant. Understand the development of the lymphatic system in premature/medically complex infants. Assess infant edema within face, extremities, and trunk; and apply treatment strategies with positioning, handling and manual edema mobilization. Create individualized care plans for infants with tracheostomy tubes for improved outcomes with oral feeding, cough facilitation, motor control, and phonation. Integrate a systems approach to individualized care plans for infants with multiple co-morbidities of premature or medical complications.

This intermediate-advanced course will provide a systems-based approach to assess the premature/medically complex infant in the NICU/PICU setting. This course will focus on understanding the co-morbidities associated with prematurity and medically complex infants and increase critical reasoning skills for the clinician to create treatment plans to advance motor and feeding skills for the infant. It will build on information provided during the “Baby Beats and Breaths” course but can be a stand-alone course for advanced clinicians working with medically complex infants. This course will provide the clinician with hands-on treatment techniques for positioning/handling infants in the Small Baby unit (infants under 32 weeks gestation), oral motor interventions to support pre-feeding/feeding development, edema management including lymphatic facilitation, post-surgical considerations for infants, trunk facilitation to support cough development, extremity facilitation to support ribcage development, pelvic floor activation for stooling, abdominal facilitation for infants with GI complications, scar assessment/treatment, and feeding techniques for infants with multi-system co-morbidities. Advanced information on reading/interpreting vent settings during interventions for objective assessments for infants that are intubated or have tracheostomy tubes. Expanded lecture/lab section devoted to infants with tracheostomy tubes included oral motor, feeding interventions, postural control, manual cough facilitation, positioning/handling, and durable medical equipment recommendations for infant/family in preparation for home discharge.

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