Aveanna “Beyond the NICU” and “Infant Massage” Bundle

This bundle is a combination of two courses presented by Jennifer Meyer.
Please the see the tabs below for information regarding each course.

 

Beyond the NICU: Making the Transition Home

As the numbers of infants in the NICU are rising, more therapists are being called on treat our youngest patients, but few community-based therapists know what to expect when given the responsibility for assessing and treating NICU graduates. The purpose of this 7-hour presentation is to assist in multidisciplinary staff training of inpatient discharging therapists, outpatient and home health agency personnel as they care for the rising number of NICU graduates and their families as they are discharged to home. The course will cover issues unique to the preemie and the very sick newborn, exploring ways the therapist can care for the infant, and educate and empower the caregivers as they navigate this difficult transition. Participants will be taught how to read the child’s behavioral cues, integrating this information into both assessment and treatment of feeding and developmental issues and possible resources to access. Through labs, each attendee will practice infant handling and positioning techniques. Finally issues surrounding program implementation including suggested competencies will be discussed based on ASHA, AOTA, and APTA guidelines.

To maximize your time and your learning experience, please have a doll (preferably a soft one or one that is easily moveable), baby blanket, any type of bottle (baby bottle, that is!), and a washcloth on hand during this course.

Infant Massage: The Importance of Positive Touch

Have you ever wondered if there something more you could be doing to help your patients heal more quickly, or to develop more appropriately, despite all the setbacks imposed by a premature or problematic birth? There is. It is the intentional, focused use of beneficial touch.

This hour-long presentation will give an explanation of the research behind and demonstration of using beneficial, graded, targeted sensory input to help stabilize the Autonomic Nervous System, encourage parent-child bonding, and even facilitate the emergence of reflexes necessary for successful feeding, aimed at both the novice and the experienced therapist giving them a new modality.

Not only can we help stabilize their erratic autonomic nervous systems, helping to promote stability and reduce stress, we can actually facilitate development of oral reflexes necessary for safe feeding. We have spent decades looking at the detrimental effects of the sensory overload our patients in the NICU experience. But we are only beginning to research and use small amounts of focused sensory input for the benefit of these little ones. After a brief review of the current literature on infant massage in general, we will learn and practice specific techniques that are safe to use with even premature infants, leaving with a thorough understanding of how, when, and where to employ them.

Beyond the NICU: Making the Transition Home

  1. Explain common issues faced by NICU graduates and their families.
  2. Discuss therapeutic interventions that can support the NICU graduate's development.
  3. Describe specific behavioral approach/avoidance cues displayed by these infants that can be used to support successful nippling and breastfeeding.
  4. List signs and symptoms of GER and compensatory strategies that might be employed to reduce aversion.
  5. List core competencies necessary to treat this population.

Infant Massage: The Importance of Positive Touch

  1. Synthesize the Research basis for Touch as a therapeutic modality
  2. Discuss three benefits observed clinically of therapeutic touch in the NICU
  3. Apply three specific therapeutic touch techniques demonstrated in the presentation
7:30 - 8:00Login / Meet and greet
8:00 - 10:00Where They Came From
  • Classifications of Prematurity
  • Neurologic Development
  • Implications of Gestational Age
  • Infant-Driven Developmental Care
10:00 - 10:15Break
10:15 - 12:00Common Developmental Issues
  • Visual
  • Musculoskeletal
12:00 - 1:00Lunch
1:00 - 2:30Feeding Development & Dysphagia
  • Cue-Based Feeding
  • Effects of Positioning on Swallowing and Development
  • Appropriate Nipples/Bottle System Selection
  • Thickening Concerns and Cautions
  • Supporting Breastfeeding
2:30 - 2:45Break
2:45 - 3:15GER: Signs/Symptoms and Treatment
3:15 - 4:00Family Issues and supportive strategies
4:00 - 4:15Program Implementation Guidelines
4:15 - 4:30Q and A
Duration for CEUs: 7 hours.

4:30 - 4:45 - Break

4:45 - 4:50Types of Positive Touch
4:50 - 5:00Research support for Benefits
5:00 - 5:35Demonstration and Practice of Techniques:
  • Upper Body
  • Lower Body
  • Back
5:35 - 5:45Q and A
Duration for CEUs: 1 hour.

Total Duration for CEUs: 8 hours.

About the Presenter:

Jennifer Meyer, M.A., CCC-SLP

Jennifer Meyer, M.A. CCC-SLPJennifer Meyer is a popular national speaker in the areas of NICU and Pediatric Dysphagia and has received exceptional ratings for her courses. She has over 25 years experience specializing in pediatric feeding disorders, working in Neonatal Intensive Care Units, developing outpatient hospital-based feeding programs, providing consultation and program development for Early Childhood Intervention Programs and Home Health Companies, and serving as Assistant Clinical Professor at Texas Woman’s University and Clinical Coordinator of the Center for Assisting Families with Feeding and Eating (CAFFE).

Disclosures:

Presenter Disclosures:

Financial:
Jennifer Meyer is a co-owner of CEU-Espresso, Inc. and was paid an honorarium for this presentation.
She owns a private practice, Feeding and Dysphagia Resources, P. C. in Denton, TX.

Non-financial:
Jennifer is a personal friend of the developer of the Res-Q Infant Wedge, sometimes mentioned in her presentations.

Sponsor Disclosure:
This course is presented by CEU-Espresso, Inc.

Content Disclosure:
This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.

Beyond the NICU: Making the Transition Home

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Infant Massage: The Importance of Positive Touch

AOTA Approved Provider Logo The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. ASHA Brand Block ASHA CE Provider approval and use of the Brand Block does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures.

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