Supporting & Enhancing NICU Sensory Experiences (SENSE) and Parental Engagement as Skilled Intervention: NANT 9 Pre-Con Sessions

By Sue Ludwig

There is nothing in the world like this. A whole day of deep learning about two topics inherently valuable to every neonatal therapist and NICU professional taught by leaders in the specialty.

This content is not only highly relevant and impactful, but for those of us with, shall we say, more longevity in the field – can you imagine having this type of specialized education available 20 years ago? We would’ve crossed oceans for it, no? Imagine what you could bring back to your NICU after spending the day immersed in these topics.

Pre-Conference Session I

Supporting and Enhancing NICU Sensory Experiences (SENSE): The guideline, implementation, considerations and emerging research

Kristen Connell, PT, DPT, PCS
Bobbi Pineda, PhD, OTR/L, CNT
Joan Smith, PhD, NNP- BC

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Introduction to SENSE

8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Define specific components of the SENSE intervention

9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Educational considerations as part of SENSE

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Adapting the intervention/individualizing the intervention based on results of the infant assessment

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Use of a sensory support team: training and considerations

10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Implementation challenges and adaptation

11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Research findings

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. Question and answers

Pre-Conference Session II

Parental Engagement as Skilled Intervention: Strategies from Infant Mental Health for Neonatal Therapists


Jennifer Hofherr, MS, OTR/L, C/NDT, CNT, NIDCAP Trainer
Margaret Miller, MS, OTR/L, NTMTC, CNT

1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Introduction and Reflective Practice Activity

1:45 p.m. – 2:05 p.m. What is Infant Mental Health?
i.Key principles
ii.Ground rules for practice

2:05 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.Strategies to Implement IMH in NICU practice

2:55 p.m. – 3:10 p.m. Break

3:10 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.Putting Strategies into action – vignettes and role playing

4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.Supporting the “Why” – Resources and Frameworks

4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.Integration – Group discussion, what will you take with you?

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