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Delivery to Discharge: The Role of OT in the NICU

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Aditi Mehra, DHSc, OTR/L


Delivery to Discharge: The Role of OT in the NICU

Occupational therapists are uniquely qualified to work with children in the NICU given their strong educational foundation in mental health and specialized knowledge in neonatal care. This 2-hour course explores the role of the OT’s multifaceted and holistic approach in this high-risk setting not only to address medical factors and neurodevelopment, but also to understand the interplay between nurture, nature, and the premature sensory system. It is specifically designed for practitioners interested in enhancing their knowledge base in these areas: neonatal neurodevelopment, neuroprotective developmental care interventions, sensory differences, infant and parent mental health, assessments, common pathologies, appropriate feeding, positioning, and pain management practices based on evidence-based research.

Learning Outcomes

    1. Describe the sensory differences in preterm infants.
    2. Identify seven developmental care areas in the NICU.
    3. Describe three common positioning strategies.
    4. Identify five common intervention strategies/considerations in the NICU.
    5. List at least two manage pain strategies in the NICU.
    6. Identify three differences between intra- and extrauterine conditions.
    7. Label three common pathologies observed in the medically complex NICU patient.
    8. List at least three evidence-based therapeutic interventions for NICU patients.

Course Information

  • Target Audience: introductory-level OTs or intermediate- to advanced-level OTs who are new to the NICU setting
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  • Course Instructor: Aditi Mehra, DHS, OTR/L
  • CE Broker course code: 20-701717

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

AOTA-Approved Provider Program Sensational Brain LLC is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Approved Provider #8215. This course is approved for  0.2 AOTA CEU or 2.0 contact hours under this Classification Code: Category 2, OT Process: Intervention. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

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Aditi Mehra, DHSc, OTR/L, received her Bachelors in Occupational Therapy from Western Michigan University in 1998 and her Doctorate in Health Sciences from Midwestern University, Illinois, in 2016. Since then, she has practiced as a pediatric OT in various settings such as early intervention, hand therapy, NICU, inpatient/outpatient rehabilitation, and schools. During her doctoral studies, Dr. Mehra pursued a certification in Applied Behavior Analysis to improve and enhance collaboration within multidisciplinary teams. Once she delved deeper into this field, she discovered Fit Learning, an academic program based on the principles of ABA designed to build fluency and address all differences in learning (executive functioning, ADHD. etc.). Dr. Mehra is currently the Director of Fit Learning Labs in the Chicagoland area and continues to practice OT in both schools and private teletherapy services. She is passionate about Interpersonal Education and strives to foster multidisciplinary collaboration among OTs and other allied health professionals. She provides continuing education presentations for various allied health groups in her community and is an avid blogger for Psychology Today. To view Aditi’s course, check out her product page.


  • Financial: Aditi Mehra receives a speaking fee from Sensational Brain LLC. She is the author of 25 Tips to Improve Student Engagement via Telehealth and offers free and paid OT resources on her website:
  • Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

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