Many infants, born early or who have been ill, do not achieve timely developmental milestones due to the consequence of prematurity, medical complications, prolonged hospital stay and/or other congenital diagnoses. These babies benefit from special therapeutic interventions while in the hospital and during the first year of life.
The Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) multidisciplinary developmental therapy team works with these infants to evaluate developmental progress, discuss goals with the family, develop an individualized therapeutic program and provide the specialized care which facilitates the baby’s appropriate progress.
We offer occupational therapy (OT), physical therapy (PT) and speech and language pathology (SLP) services which are provided by Brigham and Women’s Hospital pediatric therapists who have specialized knowledge of the neurodevelopment of both preterm and full term infants.
Team members work in collaboration with medical and nursing professionals providing supportive care for these infants while they are in The Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU). We teach therapeutic interventions, activities and handling strategies in order to achieve developmental milestones. Often, these can be incorporated into routine care and play. We also help parents identify and access community resources once the baby is able to go home.
Activities and strategies can include:
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