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Coming Home from the NICU

For families of an infant leaving the NICU, nothinga s more exciting and challenging than the critical transition to home life with their baby. Support the NICU-to-home transition with this accessible book, the complete guide to helping parents meet their babya s special needs and promote optimal development in the first year after homecoming. Invaluable for a wide range of professionals including early interventionists, OTs, PTs, public health nurses, physicians, and social workers this book is the key to providing family-centered, developmentally supportive guidance in the months after the NICU. Professionals will deepen their understanding of the emotional and physical challenges of the NICU experience, and theya ll get in-depth guidance on how to support parents effectively as they
  • develop a loving and satisfying relationship with their baby
  • manage the changes to their daily routines and home environment
  • recognize, interpret, and respond to the babya s signals and behaviors
  • actively encourage motor and language development
  • support the babya s management of sleep/wake cycles
  • identify concerns about the babya s development
  • learn the timing, intensity, and amount of activity that work for their unique baby
  • promote their babya s self-regulation
  • locate and access community resources and social supports
To illuminate the incredible strength of parents of premature infants, the book includes powerful stories of real families who share their experiences of supporting and loving their babies in the NICU and beyond. Readers will also receive printable handouts to share with families Coming Home: What to Expect; Reading Your Babya s Cues; Feeding Your Baby; Positioning and Handling Strategies; Communicating With Your Baby; Playing With Your Baby; Helping Your Baby Learn; and more and lists of resources, websites, and organizations that provide additional information and support. With this definitive guide from two leading experts in infant development and early intervention, professionals will provide sensitive, effective support and guidance to new parents as they make a smooth transition to home life and develop strong relationships with their babies. See which domain of school readiness in the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Outcomes Framework this book addresses. "
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About the Author

Kathleen A. VandenBerg, Ph.D., is a neonatal development specialist, consultant, author, and trainer for professionals in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and in early intervention programs. She has provided individualised family-centred developmental care for infants and families in the NICU and in the home for more than 30 years. Currently, she is Academic Administrator in the Department of Pediatrics (Neonatology) at UCSF and Center Director of the West Coast Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program (NIDCAP) and Assessment of Preterm Infants' Behavior (APIB) Training Center, where she is a NIDCAP Master Trainer. She also provides training in the Family Infant Relationship Support Training Program (FIRST). Both programmes provide support to professionals who care for high-risk newborns who may have experienced altered brain pathway development due to unexpected and overwhelming sensory input in the intensive care nursery. Marci J. Hanson, Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Special Education at San Francisco State University (SFSU). At SFSU, Dr. Hanson is actively engaged in teaching, research, and service related to young children and their families. In addition to these responsibilities, she directs the SFSU joint doctoral programme in special education with the University of California, Berkeley, and codirects the early childhood special education graduate programme. She is a consultant with the child and adolescent development faculty of the Marian Wright Edelman Institute for the Study of Children, Youth, and Families at SFSU and with San Francisco Head Start.


"This is a truly invaluable resource for professionals who work with parents and their infants, who are making the transition from NICU to home. With their vast experience in working with infants and families, Dr. Kathleen VandenBerg and Dr. Marci Hanson have captured with sensitivity and understanding the challenges faced by infants and families, during this transition. Brimming with clinical vignettes and practical information sheets, including guidelines for professionals and tips for parents, this book successfully balances cutting edge research and clinical practice, in a way that makes the material accessible to both professionals and parents alike."--J. Kevin Nugent, Ph.D."The Brazelton Institute, Division of Developmental Medicine, Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School" (09/11/2012) "This book is a much needed resource for parents and professionals working with parents on the transition of preterm infants from NICU to home care. It is written in a style which is highly accessible for parents. The book provides necessary therapeutic frameworks for parents and professionals to be able to work effectively together to understand each infant's behavior and promote each infant's well-being. In addition, the book provides invaluable information about innovative interventions, as well as community and peer resources for parents of pre-terms." --Zack Boukydis, Ph.D.

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