Featured Special Topic Course – Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: Rethinking Our Approach

By Sue Ludwig

“Dr. Berkwitt’s presentation was engaging and interactive and brought a new perspective to a typically stigmatized group of patients (and parents).” – Jeanette McComis MEd, CCC-SLP, NTMTC 

Topic: Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: Rethinking Our Approach 

Release: Available now on-demand 

Course Description:This presentation challenges the traditional model of care that has been in place for decades in the management of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). Through analysis of a quality improvement project to improve care for infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital, the presentation focuses on the rationale behind many of the changes in our model of care, focusing on a novel approach to assessing infants and optimization of non-pharmacologic care. 

Speaker Bio:Adam Berkwitt, MD is a Pediatric Hospitalist at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital. He is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Yale School of Medicine, and currently serves as the Medical Director of the Pediatric Short Stay Unit. He is an Associate Program Director for Yale’s Pediatric residency, and Director of the Clinical Pathways Program. He graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency in Pediatrics at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital, where he later served as a Pediatric Chief Resident. 

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

CE Credit:1 hour of CE Creditfor OT, PT, SLP 

Level: Intermediate 

Fee:$57 or Free for Members 


  1. Identify the rationale for the changes we implemented in the care of infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome. 
  2. Define a committed, intensive non-pharmacologic care plan for these infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome. 
  3. Select a novel tool for assessing infants that moves away from a traditional Finnegan-based protocol. 

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

Click here to take this course now.   

“Enjoyed Adam’s dynamic speaking ability. He kept us entertained, as well as generated thoughts to achieve better care for our NAS babies.” – Jenelle Faini, PT, DPT, NTMTC 

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