Working with Medically Fragile Infants in the NICU

The Speech Language Pathologist’s role in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is to assess infants’ pre-feeding skills and to assist when an infant is having difficulty transitioning to oral feeding. Eating is one of the most difficult skills infants must learn and they can have difficulty being able to successfully eat if they are not provided the support they need. We provide:

  • Pre-feeding Consultations
  • Oral Motor/Stimulation Programs
  • Feeding Evaluation and Modifications
  • Feeding Intervention
  • Parent & Caregiver Education

Speech-Language Pathologists who work with medically fragile infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) have additional training specific to developmentally supportive care and supporting infants in the transition to oral feeding.

What is developmentally supportive care?

Developmentally supportive care focuses on the cues infants use to communicate with their caregivers. By observing these cues in response to stimulation, caregivers can modify the environment and adapt care to meet each infant’s individual needs. Providing an environment that is supportive allows the premature infant to grow and learn with as little stress as possible.

For more information or to make an appointment please call 253-403-4437, Option 1