In honor of World Prematurity Day,
the NFI is pleased to present:

Neurobehavioral Assessment Facilitating Parenting
within Newborn Intensive Care and Beyond

Wednesday, 17 November 2021

2:00 PM Eastern Time

(2:00PM-2:45PM: Presentation; 2:45PM-3:15PM: Question & Answer Session)

gretchen Lawhon, PhD, RN, FAAN

Moderated by: Deborah Buehler, PhD
President, NIDCAP Federation International, Inc.
Director, West Coast NIDCAP and APIB Training Center
at University of California San Francisco School of Medicine

NFI Professional, Professional-in-Training and Family Members: Free*

*Note: Must be logged into one’s membership account for free rate

NFI Allied Members: 25.00 USD

Non-Members: 35.00 USD

Registration is required.

Register Here

The Synactive Model provides the theoretical foundation for two neurobehavioral assessments utilized in the newborn intensive care unit. The first Neurobehavioral assessment is an observational methodology of the Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program (NIDCAP) that is evidence based and provides each infant the most individualized approach to enhance self regulation. Because the infant’s behavior is continuously observable, this leads to an emotionally supportive plan of care supporting parents in their relationship as they support and nurture their son or daughter. Once the infant is more clinically stable and closer to going home, the Assessment of Preterm Infant Behavior (APIB) as a comprehensive and systematic evaluation, is utilized to support parents in gaining a greater understanding of their infant’s vulnerability and strength.  The APIB is utilized both in the newborn intensive care unit prior to the infant’s discharge as well as in the transitional follow up program to continue to reinforce parents’ understanding of their son or daughter’s behavior and strategies to support ongoing maturation and development.

This webinar is designed for any and all healthcare professionals as well as parents involved in newborn intensive care and/or transitional follow up care through three months adjusted age.

This webinar aims to assure the following outcomes: ​

  1. Identify the subsystems of the synactive theory that are integral to neurobehavioral assessment;
  2. List at least three strategies to enhance parental pleasure and pride in an infant requiring intensive care; and
  3. Describe three examples of supporting parents through better understanding of their son or daughter’s behavior

gretchen Lawhon, PhD, RN, FAAN

Dr. gretchen Lawhon is a clinical nurse scientist who has worked in the arena of newborn intensive care for over 40 years and has over 45 years experience as a nurse.  Currently she is the Clinical Nurse Scientist with Newborn special care associates, pc at Abington Jefferson Health and a Master NIDCAP Trainer with West Coast NIDCAP and APIB Center at University of California San Francisco School of Medicine.She was a cofounder of the NIDCAP program and co-investigator in several of the early research studies supporting an individualized developmentally supportive approach to care of infants and families in the newborn intensive care unit (Effects of Early Behavioral and Environmental Modification to Infants with Severe Respiratory Distress, 1983-1984; Deep Tendon Reflexes in Premature Infants, 1984-1985; and NIHR/NIDCAP Behavioral Intervention Study, 1985-1987).  Dr. Lawhon’s own dissertation was Facilitation of Parenting Within the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NCNR/NCCIP, 1992-1994) at the University of Washington School of Nursing.  Dr. Lawhon has worked as the Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist for the NICU Transition and NICU Follow-Through Projects (1990-1995), federally funded from U.S. Dept. Education through the University of Washington Child Development and Mental Retardation Center. She has remained involved in early intervention outreach (U.S. Dept Ed.  Earliest Intervention, Setting the Stage for Success, Outreach Project for Young Children with Disabilities, 1995 – 1998) and served as Co-Chair, Lucas County Ohio Early Intervention Collaborative Group (1999-2000) and Vice-president and Board of Directors member of the Collaborative Network of Lucas County, Ohio Inc.  Dr. Lawhon has been co-investigator of the NINR funded Stability of Infant Responses to Painful Procedures study (1998-2002).  She has extensive experience as a clinical nurse scientist and has authored numerous articles in her areas of expertise.

CEUs for RNs (1.0 contact hour) will be provided by Therapeutic Media:

Course Completion Requirement:
Attend the webinar and complete an evaluation.

Cancellation Policy: Full refund up to November 7, 2021, 11:59PM ET. The NIDCAP Federation International, Inc. reserves the right to cancel the event, in which case, a full refund will be issued.

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