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Special Topic Course 29: Pathway to Improving Outcomes in the Preterm infant – Role of Neonatal Therapy in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

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Speaker: Terrie E. Inder, MBChB, MD 

Topic: Pathway to Improving Outcomes in the Preterm infant – Role of Neonatal Therapy in the NICU  

Course Description: This course will review the pathway to adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes in the preterm infant from brain injury and alterations in brain development.  The key factors altering brain development relate to experience including the environment and exposures of the preterm infant.  The role of therapy in both leading modification of the environment and rehabilitation related to brain injury will be discussed. 

Speaker Bio:

Terrie E. InderMBChB, MD is a dual boarded child neurologist and neonatologist who undertakes clinical and translational research into the nature and timing of brain injury and alterations in brain development using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques. She has undertaken longitudinal studies in three large cohorts of high-risk infants that have been followed up to adolescence to examine the relationship of alterations in brain structure to developmental outcomes. Her laboratory aims to undertake clinical investigations of treatments and preventive strategies that may improve outcomes in high-risk infants. Her laboratory also strives to have a means of accurate, early diagnosis of brain injury or altered brain development. She has published over 200 peer-reviewed scientific papers. Alongside this focused research effort, Dr. Inder has acquired leadership skills in neuroscience research and academic activities, including mentorship. Dr. Inder was recruited to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 2013 as Chair of new Department of Pediatric Newborn Medicine. 


00:00-05:00 min: Review neurodevelopmental outcomes of preterm infant 
05:00-15:00 min: Define the three common forms of brain injury in the preterm infant and the major risk factors 
15:00-30:00 min: Define the nature of alterations in brain development, brain growth and brain folding in the preterm infant and the key factor that is influencing altered brain development 
30:00-40:00 min: Review the impact of environment and exposures on brain development in the preterm infant and the impact of therapies 
40:00-45:00 min: Summary and conclusion of factors that influence neurodevelopmental outcomes in the preterm infant including brain injury and brain development 
45:00-60:00 min: recorded question and answer session 
60:00-62:00 min: learning assessment 


Terrie E. Inder, MBChB, MD 
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, and neonatal professionals

Educational Level: Intermediate


  1. Identify the nature and timing of brain injury in the preterm infant. 
  2. Recognize the regional vulnerability to altered development in the preterm brain. 
  3. Define the impact of environment and exposures on neonatal brain development 

Instructional Methods: Recorded webinar, lecture, PowerPoint slides, case studies, and recorded question and answer session. 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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National Association of Neonatal Therapists® (NANT) is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID# 03651. 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 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. 

 *NANT 11 attendees who previously viewed this educational content may retake this course and receive CE Credit. 

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

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