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Special Topic Course: Pain: A Definite Indicator for Neonatal Therapy.

Speaker: Elizabeth Jeanson, PT, DPT, CNT, NTMTC

Topic: Pain: A Definite Indicator for Neonatal Therapy.

Course Description:

In the last 20 years a paradigm shift in the assumption of pain perception and pain memory in the newborn infant has occurred. Medical professionals are now held accountable for measuring pain and response to pain interventions as the “fifth vital sign”. Neonatal therapists have a unique skill set and time flexibility that affords them a powerful impact on pain in this population. This presentation outlines the consequences of unmanaged pain in neonates and summarizes intervention strategies available to the bedside care provider. Reduction of pain is one of the most important jobs a neonatal professional must competently complete.

Speaker Bio: Elizabeth Jeanson, PT, DPT, CNT, NTMTC

Dr.  Elizabeth Jeanson has been a practicing neonatal physical therapist for the past 20 years.  She is currently employed as the Developmental Specialist in NICU for Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls South Dakota. Dr. Jeanson specializes in interventions to support the developing brain and musculoskeletal system in preterm infants as well as developmental follow up for this fragile high risk population.

Dr. Jeanson has presented at conferences across the United States. Presentation topics have included: pain, bedside management of NAS, management of Arthrogryposis in the NICU, therapeutic management of lymphedema in NICU, head shaping protocols for NICU patients, sensory development and infant drive cue based feeding program implementation.

Dr. Jeanson is a certified neonatal therapist as well as an inaugural NANN Developmental Care Specialist.  She returned to academia in 2003 graduating with her doctorate degree from Simmons University in 2006.  Dr. Jeanson certified in Neonatal Touch and Massage, the Infant Behavioral Assessment, Neonatal Neurobehavioral Assessment Scale and NIDCAP trained.

Dr. Jeanson’s latest passion has been using quality improvement processes to facilitate evidenced based change in NICU policy and procedure as it relates to developmental care.

0-5 min: Definitions and presentation of Pain in Neonates

5-15 min: Realities and consequences of untreated pain

15-20 min: HPA Axis and Epigenetics of pain

20-40 min: Measurement of pain behavior and pain management strategies

40 – 50 minutes   Preemptive and real time pain management strategies

50 – 60 minutes   Pain intervention and measurement summary

Elizabeth Jeanson, PT, DPT, CNT, NTMTC
Financial Disclosures: No relevant disclosures.
Nonfinancial disclosures: No relevant disclosures.
Conflict of Interest: There is no conflict of interest for anyone with the ability to control content for this activity.

Target Audience: OT, SLP, PT, RN, and Neonatal professionals

Level: Intermediate


  1. Verbalize the potential long-term effects of unmanaged pain in neonates.
  2. Recall 3 pain management interventions/techniques.
  3. Cite the role of cortisol in pain and stress for neonates.

Instructional Method: Recorded webinar with handouts. 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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Continuing Education Information


AOTA CEUs: National Association of Neonatal Therapists® (NANT) is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. This Distance-Learning Independent Course is offered at 0.1 CEUs (Intermediate level, Occupational Therapy Service Delivery). 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 your ASHA CEU credit to ASHA on your behalf. ASHA CEUs may take up to 100 days to appear 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 usage.

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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