Developmental and Therapeutic Interventions in the NICU
Early Childhood
The most comprehensive book available on neonatal intervention, this in-depth resource gives professionals the strong foundation of clinical knowledge they'll need to work with high-risk newborns.
66758 978-1-55766-675-8
2004 352
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The most comprehensive book available on neonatal intervention, this in-depth resource gives professionals the strong foundation of clinical knowledge they'll need to work with high-risk newborns. With a unique developmental and therapeutic perspective that sets it apart from other texts on the subject, the book is filled with research findings and practical guidelines clinicians will use to promote the well-being of infants in the NICU and to involve and support their families. In-service and preservice professionals will benefit from

  • an exploration of different developmental models for neonatal intervention
  • an overview of medical conditions of newborns and commonly used interventions
  • a synopsis of the functional abilities of premature infants
  • discussion of crucial elements within the NICU environment, including teamwork, equipment, and sources of support
  • detailed guidelines for positioning and feeding
  • a model for family-centered care
  • guidance on assessing behavior and development
  • suggestions for working with infants with prolonged NICU stays
  • tips on easing the transition from hospital to home
  • information on following up with high-risk infants

The overviews, learning objectives, and case stories in each chapter make this an ideal textbook for new and future clinicians, and the guidelines for everyday practice make it a reference professionals will use again and again as they work with high-risk infants and their families.

  1. Supporting Infant Occupations in the NICU
  2. Historical Evolution of the Neonatal Therapist's Role
  3. Perspectives on Developmental Theories Applicable to NICU Intervention
  4. Personnel and Teamwork in the NICU
  5. Physical Context, Equipment, Environmental Stressors, and Sources of Support in the NICU
  6. Medical Management of High-Risk Infants
  7. Embryonic Development and Neonatal Classification
  8. Developmental Capabilities of Full-Term NICU Infants
  9. Developmental Capabilities of Preterm and Low Birth Weight Infants
  10. Evaluation of Infant Behavior and Development in the NICU
  11. Family-Centered and Relationship-Based Care in the NICU
    Elaine C. Meyer and Rosemarie Bigsby
  12. Elements of Neonatal Positioning
  13. Ongoing Feeding Evaluation and Intervention
  14. Issues Related to the Transition Home and Prolonged NICU Stays
  15. Follow-Up of High-Risk Infants
    Betty R. Vohr and Michael E. Msall
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Susan Strzyzewski, Lead Occupational Therapist/Neonatal Specialist for Kidnetics, The Children's Hospital of the Greenville Hospital System - January 1, 2012
"Novice and seasoned neonatal therapy clinicians can enhance their knowledge base by reflecting on the past and developing perspectives this book explores."
Barry Lester, Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Brown Medical School - January 1, 2012
"Outstanding—redefines the occupation of the therapist in terms of infant occupations."
Wendy Coster, Program in Occupational Therapy, Boston University - January 1, 2012
"This carefully crafted text keeps the infant and his or her caregivers in the foreground, always reminding readers that there is a tiny person and a family at the center of the NICU."
: ADVANCE for Physical Therapists and PT Assistants - January 1, 2012
"A superb introductory text for NICU therapists . . . It should be required reading for all professionals new to NICU treament."
: Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics - October 1, 2005
"…the authors have done a good job of compiling information about a very complex practice arena into a readable resource. This will be a good starting point for therapists beginning NICU practice as well as an appropriate resource for those already involved in the NICU."