Date of Defense

12-9-2020

Date of Graduation

12-2020

Department

Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Michelle Suarez

Second Advisor

Ben Atchison

Abstract

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) is a condition that affects infants who have faced exposure to certain drugs in utero. The incidence of NAS is dramatically rising in the United States. This increase is primarily due to the growth in opioid prescribing to pregnant women. NAS has an immediate effect on four primary areas of occupation: activities of daily living (ADLs), sleep, social participation, and play. This paper aims to review the background of NAS, then describe how this condition impacts an infant’s occupational performance. Moreover, this paper identifies models of occupational therapy intervention that can guide the treatment of NAS. This information culminates with a resource guide for parents that details the best practices for caring for an infant with NAS.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access

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