Fostering Neurodevelopment in Critically Ill Infants
Section: Academy of Pediatric PT
Session Code: PD-2B-7489
Date: Friday, January 25, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Marriott Marquis
Room: Marquis Salon 6

Speaker(s):   Vera Burton, MD, PHD
  Yun Kim, OTR/L
  Kerry Vela, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Advanced

The first year of life is a critical period for optimal brain development and sensory processing. The environment plays a vital role in shaping neurodevelopment. Given advances in medical management, fragile infants are displaying a longer lifespan, but remaining in the intensive care unit. As a result, the family dynamic changes with the addition of medical providers. With this comes increased medical management for life-saving procedures, which can have a great adverse impact on neuropathways during critical brain development and family dynamic. Current literature suggests long-term neurodevelopment implications for critically ill infants, with limited guidance for medical professionals on interventions to help shape the developing brain. This session will help clinicians further understand the brain of a fragile infant. Through case examples, attendees will develop strategies to optimize neurodevelopment and promote a healing environment.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Identify critical periods of brain development in infants.

2. Gain strategies to optimize the healing environment to foster neurodevelopment in the critically ill infant.

3. Discuss the roles of the care team members in nurturing neurodevelopment in the critically ill infant.

CEU: 0.2

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