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Developmental Care CNE Module 14 - The NICU Experience and Its Relationship to Sensory Integration

Developmental Care CNE Module 14 - The NICU Experience and Its Relationship to Sensory Integration

Developmental Care CNE Module

Module 14: The NICU Experience and Its Relationship to Sensory Integration 1.0 CNE contact hours

 

Enhance your developmental care studies with this online CNE learning module, which serves as a supplement to the Developmental Care of Newborns and Infants: A Guide for Health Professionals, second edition. Developed by the editors and authors of Developmental Care of Newborns and Infants: A Guide for Health Professionals, second edition, this module reinforces the most relevant and important aspects of developmental care.

If you are a nurse seeking to obtain the CNE contact hours, you should have read or studied the relevant portions of Developmental Care of Newborns and Infants, participated in another related course of study in developmental care, or draw upon your professional experience. Some learners may choose to use this learning module as a self-assessment tool. This self-study module includes a PDF with a brief written overview of one aspect of developmental care, a list of the related developmental care standards, several "points to remember," recommended supplemental readings, one or more reflective exercises, and one or more case studies. The learner must complete a post-test and an evaluation in order to receive the designated contact hours. This module is intended for nurses and occupational, physical, respiratory, and speech therapists.

This module is an aid and does not include an in-depth description of the subject matter. Instead, serves as a study guide that augments and builds on what learners are reading and studying or upon their professional experiences in developmental care as a means to promote understanding and retention.

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Developmental Care CNE Module

Module 14: The NICU Experience and Its Relationship to Sensory Integration 1.0 CNE contact hours
Contact hours available through July 31, 2017.

This product includes a PDF overview of the module as well as a post-test and evaluation the learner will complete to receive the designated contact hours. This module is an aid and does not include an in-depth description of the subject matter. Instead, should be used as a study guide to augment and build on what learners are reading and studying or upon their professional experiences in developmental care as a means to promote understanding and retention.

Authors
Cheryl A. Milford, EdS, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, Pittsburgh, PA
Barbara J. Zapalo, EdD, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, Pittsburgh, PA

Module Summary
Preterm and critically ill neonates are faced with many challenges that can affect quality of life. These challenges can be attributable to disease entities, prematurity, or to the environment in which care is delivered. An infant can survive this period with no apparent medical complications, only to exhibit the consequences of inappropriate environmental exposures and stimuli later in development.
These consequences manifest themselves through a series of signs and symptoms that indicate dysfunction of sensory integration. Appropriate sensory integration organizes all sensory stimuli, both internally and externally, in a manner that promotes well-being and purposeful function. Signs of dysfunction include abnormal responses to sensory input (either hypersensitivity or low reactivity) that will affect how a person interacts within the environment socially, emotionally, and cognitively.
It is important to modify the NICU environment and caregiving activities to support the ongoing sensory development that occurs during this critical period. Recognizing an infant's needs and implementing best practices to support sensory development are critical. Providing positive touch through interventions such as gentle touch, massage, and skin-to-skin holding will promote comfort between infants and parents. Ensuring supportive taste and olfactory experiences will promote successful feeding. Appropriate auditory and visual stimuli will lead to recognition and learning. These interventions, while performed simultaneously, must be individualized to meet the specific needs of each infant. Gestational age, medical severity, and physiological readiness must be observed and assessed.
Care that does not integrate these sensory needs will not meet neonates' holistic needs. Infants need both medical care and ongoing support of development that was designed to take place in the intrauterine environment. Caregivers must integrate this concept and philosophy into every interaction and aspect of care.

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