Laura Graff, OT, CNT; Micha McCumber, OT, CNT

Laura Graff, OT, CNT; Micha McCumber, OT, CNT

Cynthia Armstrong, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CNT

Cynthia Armstrong, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CNT

“As a speech pathologist in the NICU, I was initially hesitant to become a CNT because I thought it would be more geared towards OT/PT studies. What I learned in my journey towards the certification is that everyone who comes in contact with an infant in the NICU benefits from the complex knowledge of neuro development. A different mindset, apart from simply “safe feeding” engulfed my daily practice. My OT coworker (and also CNT) and I began to tag-team ways to incorporate gentle, kind touch into each interaction with the infants. Often our efforts “rubbed off” on other coworkers and parents. My feeding skills have been enhanced by my all-in focus when encountering each baby. It’s not just safe feeding with no aspiration, it’s enjoyable experiences at each feeding time, whether bottle feeding or tube feeding. It’s preventing severe oral aversions in complex cases instead of undoing negative feeding experiences for years to come. I am a better therapist because of my studies to become a CNT.”

Ruth Wilkerson, OTR, CLC, NTMC, CNT

Ruth Wilkerson, OTR, CLC, NTMC, CNT

“I was so worried that I would fail the exam (and be embarrassed) that I did not tell my boss I was taking it. Then I took it and found out right away that I aced the exam.It helped me be more confident in myself as a clinician. Reading the literature that was provided was great in helping me prepare and helped me understand what parts of my practice are evidence based.”

Lauren Adams, PT, PCS, CNT

Lauren Adams, PT, PCS, CNT

“The process of preparing for the neonatal therapy certification exam was as beneficial as taking the examination because of the knowledge gained. The resource list is invaluable and I refer to it almost daily.”

Vanessa Nimon, PT, CNT

Heidi Stubb, OT, CNT