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NANT 12 Session Highlight: Associations Between Feeding and Development of Preterm Infants in the NICU and Throughout the First Year of Life

We cannot wait to learn more about this topic from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Date: Friday, April 1, 2022

Time: 10:00 AM-11:00 AM ET

Venue: NANT 12 @ Duke Energy Convention Center – Cincinnati, OH

Speakers: Kati Knudsen, PT, MPT, CNT, PCS, DCS & Ashleigh Connell, CCC-SLP, CNT, CLE

Description: There is little published information aiding in the identification of specific preterm infants who will require increased therapeutic intervention for feeding and development after NICU discharge. Our center recently carried out a study to measure feeding and developmental outcomes for preterm infants in the NICU and throughout the first year of life in order to consider predictive associations. This presentation will go over the results of our study, including the impact of medical and social history, use and timing of standardized assessments, and continuity from NICU through follow up clinic. From January of 2017 through September of 2020, we assessed 87 infants meeting study criteria at three critical points of care: term age, 3 months corrected gestational age (CGA), and 12 months CGA. Measures at NICU discharge included the Neonatal Eating Outcome (NEO), the Test of Infant Motor Performance (TIMP), and the General Movement Assessment (GMA). Measures at 3 months CGA included the Bayley Infant Neuromotor Screener (BINS), GMA, Survey of Well-being of Young Children (SWYC), and the DeMauro Feeding Questionnaire. Finally, at 12 months CGA, the Bayley Scales of Infant Development (BSID-III), the Feeding Questionnaire, and the Survey of Well-being of Young Children (SWYC) were completed. Maternal education level, public or private insurance coverage, maternal and infant medical history, and race and ethnicity of the infant were also recorded. This presentation will be applicable for therapists working solely in the NICU as well as those working in both the NICU and follow up clinics by discussing appropriate therapeutic assessments based on the needs of preterm infants as well as use of medical history to support follow up recommendations. Data will also be presented regarding the impact of social determinants of health on the long-term development of preterm infants. The goal of this presentation will be to enable therapists to better determine which preterm infants will require additional feeding and developmental support after NICU discharge.

Click here to register and/or learn more now. Packages 1- 4 include the option to attend this particular session.