Neonatology & Early Intervention

Consequences of Medical Trauma for Infants and Families in the NICU : Relevance to Physical Therapists Working in Early Intervention

Saturday, November 10
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: Ballroom H/I - Convention Center

There has been an eruption of trauma-focused delivery of care throughout health care systems in the United States. While it has been well established that interruption of development by traumatic events results in physical, communicative, and functional delays for infants and toddlers (Shonkoff, 2012), a more recent focus is on fetal stress and medical trauma experienced by medically fragile infants and their parents during and after the neonatal intensive care unit stay. (D’Agata et al, 2016; Fenech et al, 2014) Pediatric therapists typically treat the developmental sequelae from prenatal insults and/or subsequent peri- and postnatal morbidities. Coming from infant parent mental health and trauma informed backgrounds, these speakers will use lecture, video, and case presentations to: highlight the research on the neuro-psycho-biological consequences of NICU trauma on infants and parents, review important aspects of reflective practice, and describe the bidirectional influence between an infant’s developmental challenges and the parent’s own capacity, reaction to, and meaning making of their child’s behaviors that bring them into pediatric physical therapy. Based on this workshop pediatric physical therapists may shift their conceptualization of the presenting infant and parent factors to modify assessment and treatment planning to optimize infant and family outcomes.



 

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Margaret Ritchey, MA, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist, Infant Development Specialist
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland

Margaret Ritchey is a PT/ IDS. Her PT Master’s degree is from Stanford University (1979) and DPT is from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (2013). She has worked at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland for 39 years, currently providing PT consultation to at risk NICU graduates in home based Neonatal Follow-up Program. Since 2007, she has participated in the Napa Infant Parent Mental Health Program now offered through University of California Davis, becoming faculty in 2014. She is an endorsed Advanced Transdisciplinary Infant Mental Health Provider in California and has presented on the integration of IPMH and PT nationally.

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Jennifer Murphy Sims, PT, DPT

PT and IDS
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakand

Jennifer Murphy Sims is a Physical Therapist and Infant Development Specialist, practicing at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. She received her degree in Physiotherapy from University College Dublin in 1987 and her DPT from Rocky Mountain University of Healthcare Professions in 2014. She is endorsed as an Advanced Transdisciplinary Infant Mental Health Provider in California (2010). Her clinical experience includes infants and children with medical, developmental and psycho-social risk/trauma in early intervention and early childhood mental health treatment. She currently is the lead clinician for Assessment and Fussy Baby teams, provides reflective supervision, and presents at local and national trainings.

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