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.
- Recognize the potential impact of the NICU experience on the neuro-psycho-biology of parent and infant.
- Analyze bi-directional aspects of a mother-infant relationship contributing to the presenting developmental concerns.
- Apply reflective practice strategies to optimize physical therapy outcomes.