The Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program (NIDCAP)
– Promise to Protect the Preterm Brain

This presentation will inform the listener of the importance of reading the newborn infant’s behavioral language astutely. The infant’s language is the primary route of communication that aids the caregiver in understanding the infant’s own goals as well as the infant’s thresholds to disorganization and the strategies the infant brings to regaining balance and regulation.

The listener will also learn about the ways that care and the environment support and protect or challenge and threaten the immature infant’s brain development. The importance of the parents in nurturing and regulation of their infants at all times will be highlighted. The implications of this model of care, referred to as The Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program or NIDCAP, for the nursery as a collaborative system are the adherence to a nurturing and supportive philosophy of and care for the infant, the family and the caregiver, as well as the environment. Self-assessment and prioritizing next steps in order to manage improvements paired with reflection in action is the model underlying the NIDCAP Nursery concept. A NIDCAP Nursery assures the kind of care that all infants and families as well as all staff deserve and count on.


Content Disclosure: This presentation will focus exclusively on The Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program (NIDCAP) and will not include information on other NICU-based models of care.


Time-ordered Agenda:
0:00–5:00 Introduction/Disclosures
5:00–7:00 Objectives
7:00 –10:30 Key Collaborators, NIDCAP Definition and Challenges
10:30 –16:00 Brain Development and Physiology
16:00 –30:00 NICU Environment, Theory of Synactive Development, Sub-Systems
30:00 –41:30 Synactive Model of Developmental Care – NIDCAP
41:30–1:27:00 Results of NIDCAP studies
1:27:00 –1:40:00 Implementing NIDCAP Nurseries, Challenges, Process
1:40:00–1:43:00 Benefits of NIDCAP Nurseries
1:43:00 –1:50:00 Video Example of a NICAP Nursery, Summary Remarks
1:50:00–2:00:00 Questions & Answers Session
2:00:00–2:05:00 Learning Assessment (recorded webinar only)


Educational Level: Intermediate
Instructional Methods: Live webinar with handouts and speaker-learner interaction. Recorded webinar includes handouts and learning assessment.
Target Audience: OT, SLP, PT, RN, MD, and neonatal professionals


 Participants will:

  1. Describe preterm infants’ behavioral language signs of organization and disorganization, and it’s brain based nature.
  2. Recognize infant behavior as a valuable source for structuring and implementing high-quality, sensitive, individualized care, and its positive effect on the brain.
  3. Identify 2 opportunities for improvement and change in care planning and delivery system-wide.
  4. Describe the care-based processes involved in the protection of the immature infant’s brain in development.

Live: The learner must view the entire webinar and complete the course evaluation to receive education credit and a certificate of completion. Login and logout times will be recorded and documented.

Replay: The learner must view the entire webinar, complete the course evaluation and the learning assessment to receive education credit and a certificate of completion. Login and logout times will be recorded and documented.

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