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The Role of Sensation in the NICU: Creating Healing Environments

by Emily Hills, OT MSc, CNT by Lindsay Hardy, OT
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 R-CERP, 1 Nurse Contact Hours, 1 CME
  • Handout: Yes

Human neurobiology is highly sensitive to stressors. Adverse early life experiences create stress that have the possibility to change brain chemistry, anatomy and gene expression. These changes can predispose a baby to impaired emotional regulation, poor cognitive development, and increased risk of cardiovascular, metabolic and immune system dysfunction. In addition, chronic stress can become trauma and have a long term effect. In the neonatal unit the infant, parents and staff are experiencing stress. This presentation will focus on the role of sensation and how we can use sensory experiences to create healing environments, enhance optimal development and minimise stress and trauma.

Learning Objectives:

1. Describe the role of sensation in early human development
2. Explain sensory experiences in the neonatal unit and the impact of stress on the infant, the family and staff.
3. List 3 sensory strategies to promote infant development, staff and family well being.

Categories: Stress in the Neonate,
Lectures by Profession, Product Focus
Presentations: 15  |  Hours / CE Credits: 15.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks