Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: Motor, Cognitive, Perceptual, and Social Development
Section: Academy of Pediatric PT
Session Code: PD-2C-8306
Date: Friday, January 25, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Marriott Marquis
Room: Independence Salon D

Speaker(s):   Kara Boynewicz, PT, DPT
  Alyson Chroust, PhD

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Basic

Motor development and early movement experiences have a cascading effect on how an infant interacts with the world. Infants born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) can present with functional limitations in their neurobehavior and movement system and restrict participation in family interactions and play. In this session, the speakers will describe how early motor delays may increase risk for future developmental delays in visual motor perception and social-emotional and cognitive development. They will discuss prognostic factors for postural control, quality of movement, confounding factors, and neurobehavior within a retrospective NAS study. Findings highlight the need to consider motor development and movement in planning intervention programs impacting participation with infants' learning and interaction with the environment and caregivers. Case examples with outcome measures, mother-infant interaction strategies, visual-perceptual, motor, and neurobehavioral interventions will enhance attendees understanding. Clinicians will take away tools for evaluation and resources to develop interventions integrating the motor, social-emotional, and cognitive development to enhance participation with infants born with NAS.

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

1. Identify the effects of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) on the motor, social-emotional, and cognitive development in infants and toddlers in relation to participation with family interaction and play.

2. Demonstrate the linkages between early motor and later cognitive and social-emotional regulation in children.

3. Integrate cognitive, social-emotional, and visual perceptual strategies into a motor treatment plan for infant with NAS.

4. Apply specific strategies from interventions discussed for children to support participation.

CEU: 0.2

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