Course Description: Standardized assessment tools in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) setting are a critical component of care for their value in prediction, discrimination, and evaluation. Standardized assessment tools can additionally be used clinically as a measurement of developmental change, to assist in establishing appropriate interventions, for assessment of intervention effectiveness, as a tool for parent education and for concise and consistent communication to the medical team and other healthcare professionals. Assessment tools vary in their intended use (neurological, neurobehavioral, neuromotor, and observational), postmenstrual age at which they can be administered, amount of handling required, length of time to administer, training required, and difficulty and clinical value of scoring and interpretation. This presentation will review currently available neonatal assessment tools and compare their criteria for use in the NICU setting by neonatal physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists. Neonatal assessment tools that will be discussed were identified using a literature search and include Neurological: Hammersmith Neonatal Neurological Examination (HNNE), The Preemie-Neuro; Neurobehavioral: The Assessment of Preterm Infants’ Behavior (APIB), The Neonatal Network Neurobehavioral Scale (NNNS), Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS), The Neuro-behavioral Assessment of the Preterm Infant (NAPI); Neuromotor: Test of Infant Motor Performance (TIMP), General Movements Assessment (GMA); Observational: Neonatal Behavioral Observations (NBO), Naturalistic Observation of the Newborn Infant (NONB), and The Infant Sensory Profile 2. For each assessment, I will present a brief history of the assessment, clinimetric data (i.e. validity, reliability, specificity, sensitivity), postmenstrual ages for use, training required, and scoring and interpretation, as well as its value for clinical use. This presentation will provide the clinician with the tools to determine which assessments to use for what purposes while ascertaining what training is required for their use.
Target Audience: OT, SLP, PT, RN, MD and Neonatal professionals
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.