Event Title

Development of a routines-based handling program for infants to improve motor skill development

Start Date

4-12-2019 4:00 PM

End Date

4-12-2019 6:00 PM

Abstract

Since the Back to Sleep program was started in 1994, more infants have successfully been sleeping on their backs. An unfortunate secondary effect of this program is that infants are being given fewer opportunities for awake prone play. Awake prone positioning benefits respiration, reflux reduction, head shape and motor skill development. This pilot program intends to inform parents of the benefits of prone awake time and give options for routine handling and positioning to give the infant increasing opportunities for prone awake play and exploration.

Faculty / Staff Sponsor

Roberta O'Shea

Department of Physical Therapy

Governors State University

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Development of a routines-based handling program for infants to improve motor skill development

Since the Back to Sleep program was started in 1994, more infants have successfully been sleeping on their backs. An unfortunate secondary effect of this program is that infants are being given fewer opportunities for awake prone play. Awake prone positioning benefits respiration, reflux reduction, head shape and motor skill development. This pilot program intends to inform parents of the benefits of prone awake time and give options for routine handling and positioning to give the infant increasing opportunities for prone awake play and exploration.