presented by Ashlea D. Cardin
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Ashlea D. Cardin, OTD, OTR/L, BCP
Dr. Ashlea Cardin is an Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO. She is also a practicing neonatal occupational therapist, having over 16 years’ experience in a Level III NICU at Mercy Children's Hospital, Springfield, MO. Dr. Cardin is Board Certified in Pediatrics through the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA),…Read full bio
1. Who is our Client in the NICU?
This chapter will define co-occupation as a concept emerging from occupational science and present the concept as central to understanding and maximizing occupational performance in the NICU setting.
2. Frames of Reference in Neonatal Occupational Therapy Practice: Many Lenses
This chapter builds on concepts and theoretical foundations found in OT practice and offers a review of specific “Frames of Reference” used by neonatal occupational therapists to guide assessment, intervention, and outcomes measurement in the NICU setting. The Frames of Reference (FORs) are presented as “lenses” through which we view our clients to capture their narrative and plan meaningful intervention experiences.
3. A New Lens to Consider: The Co-Occupation Lens
In this final chapter, co-occupation is proposed as a new lens for viewing infant feeding. A discussion of feeding at the individual, caregiver, and community level is offered to broaden occupational therapists' view of feeding beyond the bedside evaluation.