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Special Topic Course 25: “Oh the Places You’ll Go!” From Dream to Advanced Practices in Neonatal Therapy

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Speakers: Johanna Siemon, MS, MPH, OTRL, CNT, NTMC & Suzanne S. Schneider, MS, CCC/SLP, CNT, NTMTC
Johanna Siemon Suzanne S. Schneider


Topic: “Oh the Places You’ll Go!” From Dream to Advanced Practices in Neonatal Therapy

Course Description: This presentation will highlight opportunities to support you in developing expertise in neonatal therapy practice.  Methods to pursue a higher level of education, gain comprehensive knowledge, and obtain skilled experience to become a proficient neonatal therapist will be discussed.

Speaker Bios:

Johanna Siemon, MS, MPH, OTRL, CNT, NTMC has been an occupational therapist since 2000 and has focused her practice on care of fragile infants since 2008. She is certified in the Neonatal Oral Motor Assessment Scale (NOMAS), Neonatal Touch and Massage (NTMC) and holds a Graduate Certificate in Low Vision Therapy. Johanna has served on the simulation question development committee for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. Additionally, she has presented lectures on working with children who are ventilator-dependent, infants who have feeding and swallowing difficulties, and neonatal therapy.

Suzanne S. Schneider, MS, CCC/SLP, CNT, NTMTC has practiced as an ASHA certified SLP since 1994 with an emphasis on Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing and Neonatal Care beginning in 2003.  She continues with her focus on providing safe developmental progression of oral motor skills and positive feeding experiences with attention to optimizing family centered, neuroprotective, and trauma informed care.  She has been involved with program development, mentoring, and ongoing education in a level IV NICU.  With a love for education, she has presented locally on swallowing challenges with trach and vent dependent patients, management of craniofacial anomalies and feeding, interdisciplinary approach to pediatric dysphagia, and implementation of neonatal therapy, as well as guest lectured at both University of South Florida and University of Tampa.  She is a founding member of the Tampa Bay Medical Speech Pathology Association (MESPA) a not-for-profit CEU and networking organization.  She is Neonatal Touch and Massage Certified, Hanen Language Program Trained, Neuromuscular Reeducation of Swallowing/Biofeedback trained and a Vital Stim Certified provider.  Suzanne is inspired by the infants and caregivers she serves and desires to channel her enthusiasm to the NTCB.


00:00 – 15:00 min: Discuss the skills needed to practice in the NICU
15:00 – 20:00 min: Describe the characteristics and knowledge of a neonatal therapist
20:00 – 30:00 min: Provide insight into a neonatal therapist’s personal career journey
30:00 – 45:00 min: Identify resources to support career building
45:00 – 53:00 min: Discuss development of skills beyond entry level neonatal entry level practice through Neonatal Therapy Certification
53:00 – 60:00 min: Learning assessment


Johanna Siemon, MS, MPH, OTRL, CNT, NTMC

Financial Disclosures: No relevant disclosures

Nonfinancial Disclosures: Speaker serves as the Co-Chair for the Neonatal Therapy Certification Board

Suzanne S. Schneider, MS, CCC/SLP, CNT, NTMTC

Financial Disclosures: No relevant disclosures

Nonfinancial Disclosures: Speaker is a volunteer Board Member of the Neonatal Therapy Certification Board and a volunteer Board Member of the Medical Speech Pathology Association

Conflict of Interest: There is no conflict of interest for anyone with the ability to control content for this activity.

Target Audience:  OT, SLP, and PT

Educational Level: Intermediate


  1. Delineate the level of experience, education, and knowledge needed to provide safe and effective neonatal therapy.
  2. List different career opportunities that support entry into neonatal therapy.
  3. Define the professional pathway to achieve advanced practice in neonatal therapy.

Instructional Methods: Recorded webinar, lecture, videos, interviews and PowerPoint slides.  Learning assessment and course evaluation follow course.

Course Completion Requirements:

The learner must view the entire webinar, complete the course evaluation and complete the post webinar learning assessment with at least 80% to receive education credit. Login and logout times will be recorded and documented.

Following completion of this course physical therapists, nurses and other disciplines will receive a certificate of completion and a zip file containing information necessary to submit to their individual state for education credit. Zip file will include course bibliography. Physical therapists are responsible for knowing and adhering to their state’s deadlines, rules and regulations.

Registration information:

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AOTA CEUs: National Association of Neonatal Therapists® (NANT) is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID# 02810. This Distance Learning-Independent Course is offered at 0.1 CEUs (Intermediate level, Occupational Therapy Service Delivery & Professional Issues). AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.


ASHA CEUs: Learners must complete the entire course in order to receive ASHA CEUs. No partial credit awarded. ASHA CE Provider approval and use of the Brand Block does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures.

ASHA CE Registry users: NANT will submit ASHA CEUs to ASHA on your behalf.  ASHA CEUs may take up to 100 days show on your ASHA Transcript.

Non-ASHA CE Registry users:  Maintain your course records and please keep your registry status current in your NANT account.  Update your NANT account with your ASHA number if your registry status changes.  NANT is not responsible for tracking your registry status.

PT CE Credit:  This activity has been approved by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 1.0 CCUs for PTs and PTAs.

NANT is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education.

Questions regarding CE credit should be directed to the National Association of Neonatal Therapists at or (866) 999-5524.

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