The Science of Tiny Snuggles: Foundations of Neonatal Therapy – Part 2


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Kelly Simpson, Dr. OT, OTR/L, BCP, CNT, NTMTC

Infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) require life sustaining intervention for weeks to months after birth. This intervention is remarkably stressful for both the infant, who is ill-equipped to handle life outside the womb, and for the parents who are filled with fear and stress due to the illness of their son or daughter. Knowledge of the unique developmental needs, sensory experiences, and methods of communication of preterm infants help occupational therapists maximize the occupational performance of both infant and family.


None. The Science of Tiny Snuggles Part 1 is recommended for Part 2.

Target Audience

Occupational therapists with interests in pediatrics, early intervention, or infant-based therapy intervention would benefit most from this course.

Educational Level

Intermediate: Information is geared to practitioners with a general working knowledge of rehabilitation and service delivery. Focus is on a basic understanding and application of the subject matter.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Identify the four layers of Synactive Theory and describe how they relate to infant development.
  • Analyze typical and atypical motor performance at term and term equivalent ages.
  • Identify at least three stress signs and three approach signs for use during evaluation.
  • State at least one advantage and one disadvantage of supine, sidelying, and prone positions.
  • Identify at least three methods to grade input adapt the NICU environment for appropriate sensory input to infants.

Completion Requirements

1 Contact Hour for State of Florida Occupational Therapy practitioners will be awarded upon a successful completion of a multiple choice post-test. Participants will be able to print a certificate of completion after completing a short course evaluation in addition to the post-test.

Disclosure Statement

Instructors have stated that they have not received funding to support this training.

Instructional Methods

One (1) hour course during which the learner will view a streaming video presentation, reference PowerPoint® slides, and take a multiple choice post-test.


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