NICU ABCs: Child Life Assessment and Intervention in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Certified Child Life Specialists possess skills and abilities to meet the unique needs of infants and their families in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Core skills such as: assessment, preparation, education, psychosocial support, procedure support, and developmentally supportive interventions have translated successfully to this environment. In this presentation the developmental, psychosocial, and educational needs of this population will be discussed in depth, including assessment and intervention strategies unique to NICU patients, stressors families experience, and strategies to support the development of positive coping skills to foster optimal infant/parent and family bonding. Case studies, visual aids, and an opportunity for question and answer will be made available in this webinar.
After this webinar, participants will have:
an understanding of and ability to describe three stages of premature/sick infant development
the ability to assess development and implement developmentally supportive interventions for each stage
a familiarity with the stressors experienced by families in the NICU
strategies to support positive coping skill for parents and siblings
Chris Tryon is a level IV child life specialist who has focused much of her 20-year career in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). She developed, established, and currently maintains the NICU child life program at Golisano Children’s Hospital in Rochester, NY. Her expertise lies in supporting and advocating for the developmental and psychosocial needs of children and their families in this setting. In addition to her clinical responsibilities, Chris provides staff education, participates in policy and procedure development, mentors child life practicum students and interns, serves as a developmental consultant to the health care team and supervises the NICU volunteer program. Chris is also a member of the NICU developmental care team, the NICU pain team, and chair of the NICU graduate reunion committee. She is also a member of the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP) and the ACLP Advanced Professional Development Committee.
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