Featured Course: Neonatal Massage: What, Why, and How?

“This presenter had an excellent way of providing information by introducing the patient, data, and treatment as if we were entering a care time with her. Great information.” – Karen Sansom, MA, CCC-SLP, CNT

“I really appreciated hearing the parent interviews as well as nursing interviews regarding their response to infant massage practices. I was also very impressed with Shannon’s ability and gentleness with parents when teaching massage.” – Mackenzie McQuay, MS, OTR


Course Title: Neonatal Massage: What, Why, and How?

Speaker: Shannon Usher, MSOT, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC

Course Description

This course will provide neonatal therapists with knowledge regarding the neuroscientific basis behind neonatal massage, why massage is valuable to patients, families, and the NICU, and how it can be implemented with the majority of babies admitted to the NICU.

Through case studies, video demonstration, parent and staff interviews, and support of recent research, this course will build the foundation for novice neonatal therapists to speak confidently about the benefits of neonatal massage. Simultaneously, seasoned therapists will better understand and visualize how this evidence-based therapeutic intervention can be implemented as a goal-directed activity for a wide variety of patients with varying medical diagnoses.

Whether it is Jackson, who is a former 31-week GA infant who had 3 chest tubes, a central line, and pleural effusion and is now 35 weeks postmenstrual age (PMA), or Caroline with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) who needed 6 weeks to wean from morphine and clonidine with limited parental involvement, learners will leave this course fueled and empowered to pursue a neonatal massage program in their unit.

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

Level: Intermediate

CE Credit: One hour for PT, OT, SLP

Fee: $57 or FREE for NANT Members


  1. List three benefits of neonatal massage supported in the literature to maximize the outcomes of premature infants.
  2. Identify two article summaries that can be used when discussing current evidence-based literature regarding neonatal massage.
  3. Define how neonatal massage can be implemented as a goal-directed intervention to meet the therapeutic goals of neonates.
  4. Identify two occupations of premature infants that are supported by providing neonatal massage.

Instructional Method: Lecture, videos, case studies, interviews, recorded question, and answer session. Learning assessment and course evaluation follow the course.

“Shannon is a great presenter. I loved the practical information and the application of massage techniques.” – Michelle Herklotz OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC

This course is available on-demand.

Enroll now.