Improving Neurodevelopmental Outcomes in the Preterm Infant - Reinforcing the old and redefining new approaches for therapies


Neurodevelopmental outcomes in the preterm infant have not improved over the last two decades. The key factors that contribute to adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes include unique forms of brain injury (intraventricular hemorrhage, white matter injury and cerebellar hemorrhage) and altered neurological development. The key factors contributing to brain injury and to altered brain development differ and require differing approaches to prevent their impact on the adverse neurological outcome of the preterm infant. Brain Injury occurs predominantly in the first 7 days of life and is at highest risk for the extremely preterm infant. In contrast from 28 weeks to 40 weeks there is a four fold increase in brain size with the majority of adult brain folding occurring during this time. The experiences and environment of the infant during this critical Windows appear to influence brain development during this period with long term consequences. The impact of neonatal therapists on outcomes for preterm infants can offer neurorehabiliation for brain injury and developmental care optimizing brain development during this critical period.

Location Teleconference

Date 11/19/2021 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (Check in 11:00 AM)
Sponsor APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy
Trainer Terrie E. Inder, MBChB, MD
Contact APTA Pediatrics (800) 970-5051
Principles 1. Support families
6. Periodic monitoring
Credit Hours 1.0 - Atypical Development
0.5 - Intervention
Status Closed