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    The Preemie Journey: Therapists are Key

    The Preemie Journey: Therapists are Key

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    Appropriate Disciplines

    • Occupational Therapist
    • Speech Language Pathologist
    • Speech Language Pathology Asst
    • Certified Occupational Therapy Asst

Course Description

Parents of children born prematurely are often overwhelmed at discharge and unaware of the resources available to them. This unique conversation-styled course is designed explore the preemie journey from NICU and beyond from the perspective of the preemie parents and highlight the key roles NICU/post NICU therapists play along this journey.

Course Requirements:
  • Computer with internet and working speakers/sound are required for this course.
  • Course must be completed within 30 days of activation (activate course within 6 months of purchase).
  • An online multiple-choice quiz (80% passing score) and submission of an online evaluation form are required for successful completion.
  • A certificate of completion will be available to print immediately after course is successfully completed.
  • SLPs - ASHA CEUs may be obtained by completing the online ASHA form and checking the "Report to ASHA" box.

AOTA Classification Codes
Domain of OT: Client Factors

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Follow the preemie journey through the eyes of preemie parents
  • Understand the crucial role therapists play along this journey
  • Identify the primary underlying concern for preemie parents
  • Understand how the relationship between therapist and parent can have significant implications on therapeutic outcomes for the child
  • Understand the five (5) key areas in which therapists can positively support preemie parents at integral points along the preemie journey

Gigi R. Khonyongwa-Fernandez

Gigi is a preemie and special needs mom, an ICF Credentialed Professional Life Coach and Founder of Families Blossoming LLC, a unique business specializing in providing coaching-based transformative emotional support and other related services to preemie and special needs parents and relevant organizations, hospitals and agencies who serve these families. She also works with companies to increase their awareness of the emotional health challenges their employees with difficult caregiver challenges may face and help them make lasting work/life balance improvements. Gigi received her BSc (honors) in Occupational Therapy (USA), specializing in neurological conditions and holding both clinical and management roles domestically and internationally. She obtained her MSc in Health, Population and Society from The London School of Economics and Political Science (UK) and her Diploma in Personal Performance Coaching (Distinction) from The Coaching Academy (UK). She holds an ACC credential from The International Coach Federation (ICF) and is an active member of the Preemie Parent Association (PPA), National Alliance for Patient Access (formally known as the National Premature Infant Health Coalition (NPIHC), International Coach Federation (ICF) and the Metro D.C. Chapter of ICF (ICF- Metro D.C). Gigi regularly presents at conferences, seminars and workshops and is currently in the process of writing a coaching-based guidebook for the preemie/special needs community.

Deb Discenza

Combining careers in the technology and publishing fields, Ms. Discenza continues her journey to support others through PreemieWorld (www.PreemieWorld.com). Ms. Discenza, known as the Founder and former Publisher of the successful monthly Preemie Magazine, understands the need of today’s preemie parents to be able to grasp medical information in layman’s terms and to be able to create a “new normal” in the midst of the NICU chaos. She also realizes the incredible challenge for new Preemie Parents to connect with the parenting world at large, as having a preemie is vastly different than a full-term baby. This information is combined with her co-authorship of The Preemie Parent’s Survival Guide to the NICU with little man Director/Producer Nicole Conn.

33 Minutes
The Story
18 Minutes
In the NICU
12 Minutes
29 Minutes
At Home
37 Minutes
Therapy Through the Years
2.2 Hours

Delivery VIA:

  • Online - This course is offered in an online on demand format.
  • Club CIAO - This online course is also available as part of our all-you-can-eat buffet of online courses – available at one low price.

Contact hours pre-approved for:

  • 2.0 Hours
  • CIAO is an ASHA Approved Provider #AAWA (0.2 ASHA CEUs) bubble sheet required
  • CIAO is an AOTA Approved Provider #4119 (0.2 AOTA CEUs)
  • This course meets PDU Requirements for NBCOT (2 PDU)
  • As an IACET Authorized Provider, CIAO offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard
  • CIAO is authorized by IACET to offer 0.2 CEUs for this program
  • CIAO is an Illinois Approved Provider for PT/PTA Continuing Education
  • CIAO is recognized as an Approved Provider for PT/PTAs by the NYSE Dept State Board for PT
  • This activity is provided by the Texas Board of PT Examiners Accredited Prov #2202009#TX
  • This activity meets continuing competence requirements for PT/PTA license renewal in TX
  • The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE
  • Approved for:
  • 2.0 Hours PT/PTAs in AR, IL, NY, OK(201910769), TX(2CCUs)
  • 2.0 Hours OT/COTAs in FL(CE Broker #20-473795)

Course meets requirements for:

  • PT/PTAs in AK, AL, AZ, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, HI, ID, IN, IA, KS, ME, MA, MI, MO, MT, NE, NH, NC,
  • ND, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY
  • Reviews

    "I learned a lot from this course. It was very helpful and interesting. It has given me the confidence and insight to discuss with the parents what they can do to help their child during each phase of care for their child. The course has helped me to understand the important of being a part of the team and show genuine concern for the child holistic well being. By working with the parents and giving them the tools and strategies to work with their child relieves stress and help the parents to fulfill their natural need to help their child. This is important and empowering for the parents. Fathers should be included in therapy sessions and allowed to participate and ask questions as well as the mothers. It's important to discuss the goal for each sessions and not overload the parents with homework but one simple task. My duty as a therapist is very important and I want to do my best to empower the family to help the child succeed. This course has enabled me to do so."

    - Jackson, MS / Dec 2017

    "It was very interesting to hear from a parent's perspective rather than a from a medical professional. "

    - Richland, MS / Dec 2017

    "Amazing. These mothers are a delight to listen to and learn from. So insightful. As an NICU therapist for over 30 years, I found this to be one of the best educational; pieces about family-centered care that I have viewed."

    - Windermere, FL / Aug 2017

    "Great perspective. "

    - Mesa, AZ / Dec 2014