The purpose of the Neonatology SIG shall be to provide forums where Section and Association members may confer, meet, and promote high standards of practice for Families and infants at high-risk for developmental disabilities in neonatal and Outpatient settings.
Neonatology SIG News
Calling all advocates! We encourage Academy members to pay attention to what is happening in Washington, DC and address any concerns you may have with your members of Congress. Critical votes will occur on Tuesday, January 31st, so TAKE ACTION NOW!
You can use the links below to locate your Representatives or Senators.
- US House of Rep: http://ziplook.house.gov/htbin/findrep?ZIP=15237
- US Senate: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
Don’t forget the APTA advocacy resources available to you at the following links
- Physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs)
- work with individuals with chronic childhood conditions in a variety of settings, including early intervention and school settings under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, outpatient settings, and community-based settings.
- have strong interest in cabinet positions and policies that will impact children with disabilities and their families.
- want to ensure children with disabilities and their families have access to the necessary services to promote their development, learning, and participation in life activities
- Emphasize that any candidate considered for the position of Secretary of Education should
- have a strong understanding of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), essential federal legislation that protects the rights of all children to receive a free and appropriate education
- have a strong understanding of the history of this law and the need for a federal mandate (not relinquishing control to states)
- be a strong advocate for IDEA and for services that support the education of all children, including children with special needs
- acknowledge that many children were routinely segregated and denied the basic right to education prior to passage of IDEA
- must fully embrace and support IDEA
- Invite your Senators and Representatives to your facility, so they can better appreciate our roles in healthcare & education.
APPT communicates with Senate Committee reviewing Nominee for Secretary of Education.
The latest SIG newsletter can be found with the other Section newsletters here .
Neonatology SIG Resources
- Neonatal Fellowship programs are in development. If you are interested in more information about these 6-12 month programs to prepare you for clinical practice in the NICU please contact the programs directly.
- Children's Hospital of Philadelphia - Physical Therapy Neonatology Fellowship Program
- Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is Partnering with Seattle Children's Hospital (Seattle, WA) contact Jane Sweeney for more information.
- Nationwide Children's Hospital in collaboration with West Virginia University - Neonatal Physical Therapy Fellowship Program. Contact Kimberley Scott for more information.
- Neonatology Guidelines can be found in Pediatric Physical Therapy
- Social Media of Interest to SIG Members
- Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy Annual Conference (APPTAC) has a track sponsored by the NN SIG each year
- The Dr. Jane Sweeney Neonatology Lectureship is presented by a scholar in the field of neonatal medicine or development each year at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting.
- Neonatal Didactic Training Resource List - The NN SIG has developed a resource lists for individuals who are interested in learning about physical therapy practice with neonates. This resource lists is a great place to start before working with a mentor in the specialized area of neonatal physical therapy practice.