Physical Therapy in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Almost 12% of infants in the United States were born preterm in 2011. More than 3% of infants are born very preterm, placing them at high likelihood of receiving medical care in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Physical therapists can provide evidence-based developmental interventions that improve outcomes for infants born preterm. The links below are provided as resources for physical therapists who are interested in learning about neonatal physical therapy practice. The resources alone are not sufficient to prepare a therapist for practice in the NICU. Additional experience and mentorship is recommended.

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Articles of Interest

Pediatric Physical Therapy

Guide to PT PracticeCSM 2016