Developmental Caregiving in the NICU: What Speech-Language Pathologists Should Know Durisng the 1980s to 1990s a standard of care currently known as family- centered, developmentally supportive care has evolved in the NICU setting. The work of Als (1996), Als and Gilkerson (1995), and Becker, Grunwald, and Moorman (1991), demonstrated that preterm infants had significantly improved outcomes when the NICU ... Article
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Developmental Caregiving in the NICU: What Speech-Language Pathologists Should Know
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  • Mona R Griffer
    Marywood University, Scranton, PA
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Article   |   July 01, 2000
Developmental Caregiving in the NICU: What Speech-Language Pathologists Should Know
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, July 2000, Vol. 7, 34-35. doi:10.1044/lle7.1.34
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, July 2000, Vol. 7, 34-35. doi:10.1044/lle7.1.34
Durisng the 1980s to 1990s a standard of care currently known as family- centered, developmentally supportive care has evolved in the NICU setting. The work of Als (1996), Als and Gilkerson (1995), and Becker, Grunwald, and Moorman (1991), demonstrated that preterm infants had significantly improved outcomes when the NICU environment was freed from noxious stimulation (i.e., light, sound, traffic) and proper positioning and handling techniques were utilized by NICU personnel.
According to VandenBerg (1997), there are four basic principles of developmental caregiving. The first principle, relationship-based developmental care, involves a give and take process between the infant and his/ her caregiver(s). Inherent in this process is the understanding that the infant is a competent being and the recognition that he/she can communicate needs. The caregiver must create a supportive environment for the infant to achieve developmental tasks and have the ability to read and respond to the infant’s cues.
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