Main Conference Agenda*

Thursday, April 11, 2019
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Welcome Reception
Friday, April 12, 2019
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast / Exhibitor Showcase Session / Poster Viewing
(Exhibitor Showcase Remains Open Throughout Day)

8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Welcome - NANT 9 Co-Chairs
Sue Ludwig, OTR/L, CNT
Chrysty Sturdivant, OTR, CNT

Finding Purpose, Rediscovering Hope: not merely living with cerebral palsy, but learning to live their best
Jan Brunstrom-Hernandez, MD
9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Break / Exhibitor Showcase Session / Poster Viewing
Concurrent Sessions
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. The Challenge of Dysphagia in the NICU: Expanding the Toolbox
Ann Mazzeo, OTR/L, SWC, CLEC
Matthew Brigger, MD, MPH
Use of the Transdisciplinary Model to Facilitate Parent Engagement and Team Collaboration in the NICU
Kelly Susey, MPT
Melissa Hanin, MS, OT/L
Concurrent Sessions
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Therapeutic Management of the Medically Complex NICU Infant: A Neonatal Therapist’s Unique Role
Michelle Hicks, OTR/L, CNT
Sucking Patterns in Preterm and Full Term Infants at Discharge
Gilson Capilouto, PhD, CCC-SLP
12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Networking Lunch - All Invited - with Sponsored Presentation by :
The Science Behind Healthy Diapered Skin
Dr. Karien Rodriguez, Research Technical Leader, Kimberly-Clark Huggies

Mastery Circle Networking Lunch - For Mastery Circle Participants

Ignite Lunch - Informational session for all those interested in joining the 2019-2020 Ignite Program- sign up required

Exhibitor Showcase Open

Poster Viewing
Concurrent Sessions
1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. “Open, Shut Them; Open, Shut Them…” Oral Feedings on Respiratory Devices: Picking Apart the Controversy
Louisa Ferrara, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CNT
Debunking NICU Myths with Evidence and Finesse
Shannon Usher, MSOT, OTR/L, NTMTC
Kara Ann Waitzman, BS, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC
Concurrent Sessions
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Development of the Infant's Skin and Gut Microbiome
Joanne Kuller, Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist
“What Sparks Your Passion?” …A Simple Question That Ignited NICU teamwork
Liz Drake, RNC-NIC, MN, NNP, CNS
Jennifer Ahlswede, MS, CCC-SLP
4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Break / Exhibitor Showcase Session / Poster Viewing
Concurrent Sessions
4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Persevering in the Face of the Opioid Epidemic: A Passion for Family Centered NAS Care
Nichole Lensing, PT, DPT
Jennie Jacob, MSPT, CNT
Neonatal Therapy Science 2018: The Year in Review
Bobbi Pineda, PhD, OTR/L, CNT
Gail Poskey, PhD, OTR, CNT
5:30 p.m. Closing Remarks
7:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. A Night of Celebration - Join other NANT 9 attendees for a fun filled evening of music, raffles, prizes, photos and networking. Sponsored by:
End of Day 1
Saturday, April 13, 2019
7:15 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast / Exhibitor Showcase Session / Poster Viewing
8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Welcome
Patient Experience Through A Neonatal Therapy Lens;
Influencing Change Through Passion and Perseverance
Christy Gliniak, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC, CPXP
Jenene Craig, PhD, MBA, OTR/L, CNT
Concurrent Sessions
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Pierre Robin Sequence and MDO Procedure: Impact on Oral Feeding
Karin Mitchell, MA, CCC-SLP, CLE, NTMTC, CNT
Seen and Not Heard: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Implement Non-Pharmacological Strategies to Manage Pain and Stress for Neonates
Emily Hills, OT, MSc, CNT, NTMC
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Break / Exhibitor Showcase Final Session

Poster Viewing
Concurrent Sessions
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Out of Focus: Using Your Neonatal Therapy Lens to Empower Breastfeeding
Kristin Taylor, OT, CNT
Erin Hamilton Spence, MD
Neonatal Assessment Tools: A Literature Review and Summary of Clinical Usefulness
Kristen Connell, PT, DPT, PCS
Elizabeth Heiny, OTR/L, CLC
12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Networking Lunch with Presentation Sponsored by Pampers – All Invited

Mastery Circle Lunch with Presentation- For Mastery Circle Participants
Lunch break presentations:
12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Lunch presentation attendance required for conference CEU’s
Networking Lunch Presentation Sponsored by
Increasing Therapy Presence in the NICU: a Multidisciplinary Approach
Kati Knudsen, PT, MPT, CNT, DCS, CLE
Amy Wiford, BSN, RN, NTMNC

Mastery Circle Lunch Presentation:
Persevering as an Aligned Leader
Sue Ludwig, OTR/L, CNT
Chrysty Sturdivant, OTR, CNT
1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
minimum of 4 posters must be evaluated for conference CEU's
Manned Poster Sessions
Concurrent Sessions
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Thinking Out Loud to Solve Complex Feeding Issues
Kathryn Thurston, MS, CCC-SLP, NTMTC, CNT
Johanna Siemon, MPH, OTR/L, CNT
Managing the Unmanageable: Lymphedema in the NICU
Elizabeth Jeanson, PT, DPT, CNT, NTMTC
Elizabeth Schuster, OTD R/L, CLT
3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. How Persevering Through a Life-threatening Pregnancy and Premature Birth Turned into a Passion for Neonatal Advocacy and Education and How My Experience Can Help You Better Understand NICU Parents
Jennifer Degl, NICU Parent, Author, Advocate and Founder of Speaking for Moms and Babies, Inc.
4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Wrap-Up and 2020 Announcement - 10th Anniversary
End of Conference

POSTER TOPIC Poster Presenter(s)
Posters will be presented in Kave Ballroom Foyer
Videofluroscopic Swallow Study Trends and Practices for Hospitalized Infants at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford Allison Freccero, OTR/L, CNT, SWC, NTMTC
Mothers’ Experiences with Infant Co-Occupations after NICU Discharge Allison Smith, PhD, OTR/L, BCP, SWC
Breastfeeding in the NICU: The Role of Occupational Therapy Allison Smith, PhD, OTR/L, BCP, SWC
The Effects of Human Touch on Pain and Stress in Preemies: Evidence for Neonatal Therapists Ally Gore, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC
Complications of Nasogastric Tube Home Use in Infants Discharged from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: Implications for Occupational Therapy Amirra Johnson, OT/S
Therapeutic management of omphalocele to maximize developmental outcomes Jaime Klein, PT
Changing Feeding Culture in the NICU Jennifer Kirsch, MS, CCC-SLP
Maggie Bodenlos, MS, CCC-SLP
Overcoming obstacles… Working towards a shared passion! #sharedpassion Jiaxuan Tan, Senior OT
Karen Yap, Senior PT
Early Feeding Behaviors and Developmental Patterns of Neonates with HIE Kelly Andrasik, MOT, OTR/L, SWC, CNT
NICU Infant Positioning Project Lee Ann Perry, MSOT, OTR, NTMTC
Lauren Olson, MOT, OTR
Optimize Infant Oral Feeding Outcomes with Zero-Resistance Bottle System Lisa Kleinz, SLP/L, CNT, CLC
Cold Liquids Fed to Preterm Infants: Efficacy and Safety Louisa Ferrara, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CNT
Role Adjustment, Mental Health and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Experiences of Mothers MacKenzie Kelley, OTDS
Head Shape Protection for infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: An Evidence-Based Algorithm Madalynn Wendland, PT, DPT, PCS, ATP
Ruth Elgren, SPT
A survey on NICU therapists’ role for infants with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy following therapeutic hypothermia Madison Perez, Occupational Therapy Student
Gail Poskey, PhD, OTR, CNT
Nurses’ Knowledge of the Role of Occupational Therapy in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Martina Allen, OTD, OTR/L
Volunteer Cuddlers as Developmental Care Partners in the NICU Mary Wardell, PT, DPT, PCS
Use of Nfant Feeding Systems Technology as as Adjunct to Infant Driven Feedings for Micropreemies Nanette Gremillion, MS, PT
A Multidisciplinary Team Approach to Creating a Neonatal Developmental Feeding Policy Nicole Bazinet, MS, OTR/L
Using a Hospital Simulation Lab for NICU Staff Micropreemie Practicum Education Module Patricia Padgurskis, PT, DPT, PCS
From FREE Disposable Nipples to Permanent Bottle Systems - Creating A Paradigm Shift to Promote Consistency During and After the NICU Stay Ramya Kumar, MS, CCC-SLP, NTMTC
Every Piece of the Puzzle Shelley Rocca, RNC-NIC
Keri Andrews, DPT
Review of Role of Therapist in NICU: An Indian Perspective Sujata Noronha, PT
Geetha Arora, OT
A Multidisciplinary Neonatal Feeding Class for Parents in the NICU Victoria Feaster, MS, CCC-SLP
The NICU Therapists Role in Changing the Outcomes of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Shawna Townsend, OTR/L, SWC

*Note: Preceding information is a working draft of the planned NANT 9 Agenda, session names, times and locations are subject to change.

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