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    NICU Graduates and Their Transition Home

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    Appropriate Disciplines

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

Course Description

The journey for a preterm infant or medically fragile and sick newborn is long and arduous throughout their NICU stay. Their story doesn't end at discharge. Learn what to expect as these fragile newborns move into the community based programs and how to help these infants and their families flourish. This course will discuss common problems seen with these most fragile infants and will equip the participants with the knowledge base of, not only what to expect, but with treatment techniques and tools to empower their patient's lives as they make this difficult transition home.

AOTA Classification Codes
OT Process: Intervention

Course Objectives

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

  • Describe common problems facing the NICU graduate and their families following discharge
  • Explain the importance of collaboration with parents/caregivers and the strategies to do so
  • Discuss at least 2 treatment interventions to employ with patients struggling with a sensory based feeding difficulty
  • Discuss at least 2 treatment interventions to employ with patients struggling with feeding/organization, poor volumes and oral aversions
  • Discuss at least 2 treatment interventions to employ with patients struggling with safe swallowing
  • List at least 2 pathways to follow to facilitate steps to wean off tube feedings

Karin Mitchell


Karin Mitchell is a worldwide respected Speech Language Pathologist specializing in the care and treatment of pediatric feeding and swallowing, developmental care of the medically fragile infant and child, and pediatric traumatic brain injury. Her love of teaching and helping others drives her to create and deliver fun and empowering continuing education courses across the nation and internationally. Areas covered are Developmental Care in the NICU, Cue Based Feeding, pediatric feeding and swallowing analysis and treatment, including the use of VitalStim, swallow studies, enhancing decision making and clinical analysis, breast feeding the medically fragile infant and child, and developmental milestones supporting feeding skill acquisition. Beginning her practice in 1995, Karin sought out learning opportunities and creative ways to teach others. She now serves as a lead therapist for the NICU and Feeding Teams at CHOC Children’s Hospital in Orange, CA. With a clinical practice formed by a strong theory base in NDT and SI therapies, Karin is also NOMAS trained and VitalStim certified. She provides ongoing education in-services and hands-on labs for appropriate developmental care, positioning, handling, and feeding skills for clinical staff including medical residents, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech pathologists. Karin was a key player in the development of unit protocols and care plans for evidence-based developmental care in the highly specialized Small Baby Unit (ELBW) at CHOC which includes an ongoing education series required by all medical and support personnel. She is an active committee member for multiple qualities of care committees including Skin to Skin Care, Developmental Care, Infant Driven Feeds, Breast Feeding Coalition, Palliative Care, Neuro NICU Team, Trauma Team, and Family Centered Care. A dedicated leader, Karin devotes much of her time to the support and development of clinicians, serving as a mentor committed to building therapist's skills in clinical analysis and therapeutic effectiveness with medically fragile patients. She is a strong advocate for her patients and their families and speaks at local associations, community centers, local universities, and school districts to support medically fragile infants and children.

Financial Disclosure: Karin receives an honorarium from CIAO for the presentation of this course. She also receives royalties for the purchase of her recorded course(s)
Non-financial Disclosure: Karin uses VitalStim in her clinical practice.

Day 1

07:30 - 08:00
Registration/Check in
08:00 - 09:00
The NICU Experience
09:00 - 10:00
Baby's Communication & Feeding
10:00 - 10:15
10:15 - 12:00
Assessment, keys to include
12:00 - 01:00
Lunch (on your own)
01:00 - 03:00
03:00 - 03:15
03:15 - 04:00
04:00 - 04:30
Partnering with families & the medical team
04:30 - 05:00
Planning for the future
05:00 - 05:30
Questions & Answers

Delivery VIA:

  • Live By Request - This course is available to come to you! Contact us to see how easy that can be. mail@ciaoseminars.com

Contact hours pre-approved for:

  • 8 hours
  • CIAO is an ASHA Approved Provider #AAWA (0.8 ASHA CEUs) bubble sheet required
  • ASHA CE Provider Approval and use of the Brand Block does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.
  • CIAO is an AOTA Approved Provider #4119 0.8 AOTA CEUs)
  • This course meets PDU requirements for NBCOT (8 PDUs)
  • 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 Physical Therapy Board of California recognizes CIAO Seminars as an Approval Agency to Approve Providers Offering Continuing Competency Courses
  • The Physical Therapy Board of California has determined that CIAO meets the standards set forth in section 1399.95 of the CA Code of Regulations
  • Approved for:
  • 8.0 Hrs. PT/PTAs in IL, TX (8 CCUs - TPTA #2202009)
  • 9.6 Hrs. PT/PTAs in NY

The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

This program is offered for 0.8 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area)

CIAO is recognized on the NBCOT Provider Registry (meets PDU requirements for NBCOT)


"Amazing job and Great course! Highly recommend!"

- Las Vegas, NV / Nov 2020

"Great course!"

- Las Vegas, NV / Nov 2020

"Loved all the information. I wish you could make a video of most of this info condensed, that EVERY NICU and pediatric nurse has to watch! Loved Hollands story/video."

- Las Vegas, NV / Nov 2020

"Thank you!"

- Las Vegas, NV / Nov 2020

"Wonderful lecture, Great information!"

- Las Vegas, NV / Nov 2020

"Excellent evidence based information with connection to function and relation of NICU and OP interventions."

- Las Vegas, NV / Nov 2020