Main Conference Agenda*

Thursday, April 12, 2018
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Welcome Reception
Friday, April 13, 2018
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast / Exhibitor Showcase Session

7:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. Exhibitor Showcase Open

Poster Viewing
8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Welcome & Keynote – The JOY of the Job
Jody Urquhart, MDip
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Neonatal Therapy Science: The Year in Review
Gail Poskey, PhD, OTR
Bobbi Pineda, PhD, OTR/L, CNT
10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Break / Exhibitor Showcase Session
Concurrent Sessions
11:00 a.m. – 12:00p.m. Developing, Increasing and Implementing Multidisciplinary Therapy Services in the NICU
Kati Knudsen, PT, MPT, CNT, PCS, DCS, CLE
Stephanie Williams, PT, DPT
Feeding the Fragile Infant: When Cues are Not Enough
Kathryn Thurston, MS, CCC-SLP, NTMTC, CNT
Ann Marsico, OTR
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Networking Lunch - All Invited

Exhibitor Showcase Open

Poster Viewing

Mastery Circle Lunch - For Mastery Circle Participants

Ignite Lunch - Informational session for all those interested in joining the 2018-2019 Ignite Program- sign up required
Concurrent Sessions
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Use of the Infant Positioning Assessment Tool with a Positioning Protocol to Improve Developmental Positioning in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Nicole Rudolph, MOTR/L
The Goldilocks Paradox: Thick or Thin? Which one is “Just Right?” Clinical findings of a pilot study
Jennifer Hendrikse, MS, OTR, CNT, CLC
Jenny Reynolds, MS, CCC-SLP, CNT, CLC
2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Break / Exhibitor Showcase Session

Poster Viewing
Concurrent Sessions
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome-Cohort Program: Lessons learned, Lessons to Share
Adele Luxa, OTR/L, CNT
Multidisciplinary Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment of Breastfeeding Difficulties
Amber Valentine, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, IBCLC
Lillian Scott, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. What lies ahead? Providing Neonatal Therapy for Infants with Emerging Signs of Complex Neurodevelopmental Difficulties
Deanna Gibbs, PhD, MOT, GC Res Meth, BAppSc(OT), CNT
End of Day 1
Saturday, April 14, 2018
7:15 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast / Exhibitor Showcase Session
7:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Exhibitor Showcase Open

Poster Viewing
8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Welcome &
Development of the AAP Verification Program for NICU Levels of Care
Pattie Bondurant, DNP, RN
Concurrent Sessions
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Sensory Based Intervention Guideline for Preterm Infants in the NICU
Bobbi Pineda, PhD, OTR/L, CNT
Joan Smith, PhD, RN, NNP-BC
How "Connected" are We? The Benefits and Challenges of Social Media in the NICU
Bobbi Greiner, OTD, OTR/L
Gail Poskey, PhD, OTR
10:30 a.m. – 11:15a.m. Break / Exhibitor Showcase Final Session

Poster Viewing
Concurrent Sessions
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Hydrotherapy: Implementing a program in a Developmental Care NICU
Robyn Wyzinski, PT, DPT
To View or Not To View: use of VFSS within NICU
Amy Faherty, MS, CCC-SLP
Tiffany Elliott, MS, CCC-SLP
12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Networking Lunch – All Invited

Mastery Circle Lunch - For Mastery Circle Participants
12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Manned Poster Sessions
Roundtable Presentations
1:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. 30 min Facilitating Skin to Skin in the OR
Laene Keith, MA, CCC-SLP, IBCLC

30 min Bridging the Gap in Therapy Services after NICU Discharge
Elizabeth Heiny, Baby Bridge Therapist, OTR/L
Rachel Harris, OT Student


30 min Update On Newborn Skin Care and Bathing Practices
Joanne Kuller, RN, MS

30 min Roundtable Panel
3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Every NICU a NeuroNICU
Kathi Randall, RNC, MSN, CNS, NNP-BC
4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Wrap-Up and 2019 Announcement
End of Conference


POSTER TOPIC Poster Presenter(s)
Posters will be presented in the Grand Foyer
Implementation of the General Movements Assessment as a clinical standard of practice: A review of trends Amanda Videmsek, Student Physical Therapist
Victoria Kunkel, MS, OTR/L
Improving Maternal Ability to Care for Neonate Following A Significant Change in Functional Status Pre to Post-Partum Leah Brennan, MOT, OTR/L
Lauren Simon, PT, DPT, NCS, PCS
Caregiver Education to Advance the Development of Feeding Skill in Fragile Infants Gilson Capilouto, PhD, CCC-SLP
Compassion Satisfaction, Fatigue, and Burnout in Interdisciplinary NICU Team Members Caring for Infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: Implications for Neonatal Occupational Therapists Ashlea Cardin, OTD, OTR/L, BCP
Cue Based Feeding Protocol: Development & Implementation into the NICU Setting Jacqueline Davis, SLP, MS, CCC-SLP
Carol Anne Camp, MS CCC-SLP
Consistency Measurements of Thickened Liquids used for Treatment of Infants with Dysphagia Victoria Feaster, MS, CCC-SLP
Intensive Caring: The Opportunity to Elevate Bedside Care Giving Skills - A Developmentally Supportive Positioning Initiative That Has Stood the Test of Time Dana Fern, OTR/L, CNT
Patricia Quinn, BSN, RN
Oral feeding in the NICU with tracheostomy and ventilator dependent infants Hannah Fleming, MS, CCC-SLP, CNT
Shaheen Larson, MA, OTR/L
Developing a practice guideline for occupational therapy in neonatal services and early intervention in the United Kingdom Deanna Gibbs, BAppSc(OT), MOT, Grad Cert Res Meth, PhD
Early Intervention (EI) Sensory, Motor, Attachment, Attention, Regulation and Relationships Therapy (SMART): A Smart start for high risk infants, a transdisciplinary approach to neonatal therapy and early intervention Emily Hills, BSc (hons)
Deanna Gibbs, BAppSc(OT), MOT, Grad Cert Res Meth, PhD
Supporting a developmentally appropriate environment in the intensive care nursery: a training program for ancillary staff and supportive services Tiffany Hogan, MA, CCC-SLP
Anastasiya Ruiz, DPT
The Significance of Leftward Maternal Cradling Bias Sharon Jones, PhD, CCC-SLP
Use of Ultrasound on the Treatment of Plugged Milk Ducts Tracy Klein, OTR/L
Dr. Brown’s Options Bottle® Effect on Flow Rates of Nectar-Like Thickened Liquids Kimberly Kubistek, OTD, OTR/L
Family Centered NAS Care Nichole Lensing, PT, DPT
Mary Coykendall, PT, DPT
Multimodal management of a neonatal patient with significant extravasation injury Siobhan O'Donnell, PT, DPT, PCS
Lauren Simon, PT, DPT, NCS, PCS
Intensive Caring of the Bottles used in the NICU: Establishing a Bottle Washing Protocol for a Level III NICU Rosemary Wylie, MS, PT, CNT
The Effect of Early Fluidized Positioner Use on the Prevention and Treatment of Cranial Molding Deformities in Preterm Infants on Bubble Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Sarah Yeh, PT, DPT, NTMTC
Nursing Perception of Optimal Position of the Preterm Infant Sonya Dunsirn-Baillie, OTD, OTR/L, CPST
Use of Positioning Aides for Optimal Positioning for the Preterm Infant Sonya Dunsirn-Baillie, OTD, OTR/L, CPST
Pacifier Use in Newborns: Predictors and Relationships to Early Feeding Performance Anna Annecca, BA, OTD/S
Lara Liszka, BA, OTD/S
The Prepod in the NICU - Effect on Bone Density and Length of Stay Barbara Kozol, MS, OTL
Kimberly Lindsey, PT

*Note: Preceding information is a working draft of the planned NANT 8 Agenda, session names, times and locations are subject to change.

The NANT Conference has a successful history of providing CEUs for OTs, PTs, and SLPs. NANT is an approved provider for both AOTA and ASHA and will pursue PT CEUs via the Texas Board of Physical Therapy. Complete information pending but fully expected.”
See conference brochure (Page 12-13) for more details regarding pending approval for CEUs.




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