Treating Infants & Families in the NICU & Beyond - VIRTUAL/LIVE WEBINAR LIVE WEBINAR - TWO Sessions

February 26-27, 2022

9:40 am EST • 8:40 am CST • 7:40 am MST • 6:40 am PST (US)
8:40-5:30 PM Saturday CST

8:40-5:30 PM Sunday CST





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Course Description

This comprehensive course prepares practitioners to assess a child's needs while determining which services and interventions they will need while in the NICU as well as upon discharge. Participants will learn to work with the family to provide a seamless experience. Management of the post-NICU medically-fragile infant will be stressed.

This engaging course is designed to provide participants with tools and strategies to prepare the NICU patient and family for discharge and transition home. Class participants will learn to evaluate, identify, and optimize services and care for NICU graduates, as well as to enhance home-based and/or outpatient clinical setting skills. Evidence-based medical, developmental, and outcome data will be discussed to inform treatment, best practices, and management of the medically-fragile NICU child.

Participant Requirements: Participants will need to have a doll and two baby blankets available to practice techniques during the webinar.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, the participant will be able to:

1. Provide evidence-based thoughts and comments for recommendations of follow-up care of an infant and family/caregiver after discharge from the NICU.
2. Provide a rationale for the selection of a therapeutic intervention plan of care with a post NICU infant and their family/caregiver.
3. Determine positioning needs within a therapeutic intervention plan with the post NICU infant and their family/caregiver.
4. Determine the need for developmental follow-up, family intervention, and positioning and handling programming for NICU graduates.

About the Instructor

Roberta “Bertie” Gatlin, PT, DSc, PCS, is an Associate Professor and Director of Admission for South College Department of Physical Therapy. She graduated from University of Memphis in 1986 with a BS in Special Education, and from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Department of Physical Therapy in 1989 with a BS in Physical Therapy, and in 2013 with her Doctor of Science with an emphasis in Neurological and Pediatric Physical Therapy. She has been a Board-Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist from 2001 thru 2021. Her experience draws from over 30 years in the field of pediatric physical therapy. She is an adjunct professor in the Physical Therapy Department at Emory & Henry College, Marion, Virginia. She provides post-professional education for Educational Resources, Inc,. and provides programming instruction for Brooks Rehabilitation Pediatric Residency. Bertie's experience encompasses physical therapy within the NICU, developmental follow-up clinic, and outpatient pediatrics servicing all populations. She has been a department director for an acute care hospital and an outpatient pediatric rehabilitation center. Her research currently focuses on Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and struggling students within an accelerated hybrid physical therapy program. Bertie currently holds the Secretary position for the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association Executive Committee. She holds the Neonatology Specialty Interest Group's Chair position and is a member of the Finance Committee for the American Physical Therapy Association Academy of Pediatrics.


08:40-09:00 Webinar Registration/Zoom Course Opens

09:00-10:30 The NICU Journey

10:30-10:45 BREAK

10:45-12:30 Neurobehavioral System of the Infant Born Premature

12:30-01:00 LUNCH

01:00-03:00 Hierarchy of Systems Development
How Does the Premature Infant Communicate?
Developing Observational Skills to Recognize an Infant's Signs of Intervention Readiness, Warning and Stress Behaviors

03:00-03:15 BREAK
03:15-04:00 Patient Family-Centered Care Model & Facilitating the Transition to Home

04:00-06:00 Outcome/Expectations and Developmental Needs for Common Diagnoses
of the NICU Graduate, RDS/HMD, CLD, IVH/PVL, Discordancy, Multiple
Births, ROP, Preterm NAS

08:40-09:00 Webinar Registration/Zoom Course Opens

09:00-11:30 Typical Development: Newborn-15 Months, Clinical Assessment,
Standardized Tests and Measures

11:30-11:45 BREAK

11:45-01:30 Clinical Assessment: Typical/Atypical Developing Infants & Children

01:30-02:00 LUNCH

11:45-12:00 BREAK

02:00-03:00 Managing the Post-NICU Infant & the Medically-Fragile NICU Graduate

03:00-03:15 BREAK

03:15-05:00 LAB: Handling & Positioning Strategies



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Who Should Attend

OTs, OTAs, PTs, PTAs


This course is designed for therapists and developmental specialists working with the infant and family in the NICU, PICU, EI, and home, up to their first year after discharge.


15 contact/CEU hours