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Manuela Filippa, PhD

  • Speaker Type: GOLD Neonatal 2020
  • Country: Italy

Manuela Filippa is researcher at the Geneva University. She received her PhD in Developmental Psychology at the University of Paris Ouest Nanterre, she studies the effects of the Early Vocal Contact - maternal direct speech and songs - on premature infant’s development in collaboration with international research centers. She is a Musician by training, she teaches Psychology of Music and Music Education at the University of Valle d'Aosta, Italy. She became an expert in the field of early interventions in at-risk populations. Her scientific works were published in a number of international journals, in a dedicated book on Early Vocal Contact and, lastly, in a Special Issue of National Geographic, January 2019.

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Early Vocal Contact Between Parents and Preterm Infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Early Vocal Contact aims to enhance closeness between preterm infants and their caregivers, principally through the medium of the voice. The specific aims of this presentation are; (1) to give evidence the special orientation that newborns have towards the maternal voice; (2) to explore the literature on the effects of the maternal voice on preterm infants in the neonatal intensive care unit; (3) to identify and to describe the mechanisms through which early vocal contact acts as an early, family-based intervention for preterm infants and; (4) to suggest some final recommendations for clinical practice. Encouraging live vocal contact, with preterm infants, far from being only a sensory/acoustical stimulation, can activate a number of related and consequential actions (intuitive parenting, multimodal co-regulation, reciprocal synchronisation). These normal actions in full-term birth are at the foundation of bonding and attachment processes and can lead to long-term and sustained positive effects on the development of preterm infants.
Presentations: 11  |  Hours / CE Credits: 10.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks