Presentation Date

Summer 2016


In a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), occupational therapists work with infants and their families to provide the appropriate stimulation and environmental adaptations necessary for growth and development. Occupational therapists are utilized in the NICU setting to contribute to a multidisciplinary approach, as well as focus holistically on an infant’s neurobehavioral development, sensorimotor regulation, and developmentally-appropriate occupations. One key component of an occupational therapist’s role in the NICU is determining appropriate stimulation in regards to their gestational age and providing protocols to prevent overstimulation.