The annual NANT Conference is the only one if its kind in the world. It serves an international group of neonatal OTs, PTs, and SLPs in order to advance the specialized knowledge and skills required to work in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
The two-day Main Conference allows attendees to experience leading edge presentations on a range of neonatal therapy topics, interact with exhibitors who supply products and services to the field, and network with colleagues from around the globe.
This is preceded by an optional one-day Pre-Conference in which in-depth learning experiences are offered by presenters with evidence based practice modalities.
Therapists and other professionals also present their research as Poster Presentations where colleagues can view findings and meet presenters.
An exhibit of neonatal products and services is open throughout the conference to provide information about innovations and trends of interest to neonatal therapists.
In summary- the NANT conference has six key elements:
- Pre Conference
- Main Conference
- Poster Presentations
- Sponsor Related Offerings
- Networking Events
Attendees receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for their attendance.
The overall objectives of the conference are:
- Define the current state of evidence for neonatal therapy related interventions in the NICU.
- Describe evidence based feeding practices and innovations for the neonatal population.
- List strategies to improve family centered care in the NICU.
- Discuss NICU interventions that support infant neuroprotection and neurodevelopment.
- Identify program components for optimizing therapy following NICU discharge.
(Multiple speakers present, each with own learning objectives.)
NANT strives to offer attendees, presenters, exhibitors and guests an experience that encompasses all of our Core Values while delivering a quality program that is well constructed and delivered with customer service in mind. To that end, we hold the event in venues that offer our attendees a comfortable and beautiful environment for learning and the exchange of ideas.
The NANT conference has been held in the following locations:
|2017||Wigwam Resort||Phoenix, AZ|
|2016||Omni Resort||Orlando, FL|
|2015||Wigwam Resort||Phoenix, AZ|
|2014||Westin Buckhead||Atlanta, GA|
|2013||Omni Fort Worth||Fort Worth, TX|
|2012||Omni Fort Worth||Fort Worth, TX|
|2011||Westin Stonebriar||Dallas, TX|
The NANT conference hosts over 400 registrants from the neonatal care world as well as highly relevant exhibitors. Registrants are healthcare providers – primarily occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech language pathologists that serve premature and sick infants in the neonatal intensive care unit. Neonatal nurses, respiratory therapists, neonatologists, developmental specialists, dietitians, NICU music therapists, and parent advocates have also attended and are most welcome.
In 2018, NANT will hold the annual conference at the beautiful Le Meridien Hotel in Charlotte, NC. Called “The Queen City”, Charlotte is accessible to 60% of the nation’s population via car within 6 hours and boasts some of the most fantastic natural resources, sporting venues, arts & culture in the region. It provides the perfect backdrop for NANT 8’s theme, Intensive Caring: The Opportunity in Every Moment, we hope you will join us.