Chelsea Moss MA, CCC-SLP, IBCLC, CNT

Chelsea Moss MA, CCC-SLP, IBCLC, CNT

Before the exam:

“The Neonatal Therapy Certification process has made me a more well rounded developmental care specialist. It has forced me to step out of my feeding/dysphagia bubble and I have been able to apply my new knowledge every time I interact with a baby and their caregivers.”

After the exam:

“The test was a challenging yet fair representation of what an advanced NICU therapist should know. I strongly encourage every NICU therapist to pursue certification. You owe it to your patients to be the best therapist you can be!”

Julie Ecclestone, MA, CCC-SLP, CNT

Julie Ecclestone, MA, CCC-SLP, CNT

“I feel like I come to the NICU with a wider breadth of knowledge and appreciation for all the aspects of developmental care.”

Lisa Olsen, OTDR/L, CNT

Lisa Olsen, OTDR/L, CNT

“As a new therapist, I was passionate about achieving certification to demonstrate competence and promote our profession as an advanced area of practice. Following extensive mentorship in the NICU, and after meeting the minimum requirements for certification, I became a certified neonatal therapist! I am thrilled to be a part of a growing profession who now has a successful pathway for developing competency that will continue to establish our profession as an essential component of NICU care.”

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.”

Heidi Stubb, OT, CNT

Emily Hills OT, MSc, CNT, NTMC

Emily Hills, OT, MSc, CNT, NTMC

“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to become a Certified Neonatal Therapist (CNT) in 2018, through the Neonatal Therapy National Certification Board (NTNCB).I believe this qualification is very relevant to practice in the United Kingdom (UK) as it helps raise the profile of neonatal therapy and also promotes a core knowledge base and practice. I truly believe that all neonatal therapists should have the same theory and knowledge base when working with this high-risk population, their intervention and level of involvement for each patient may well be slightly different. The certification process requires collaborative working.  I am extremely fortunate in my setting to have a speech and language therapist who was prepared to relentlessly ask me questions on neonatal feeding, until she felt I was competent enough to the take the exam. I hope that more neonatal therapists in the UK consider taking this examination, the more people who talk about neonatal therapy, the louder our voices will be. I hope that one day every family and their baby who enter the neonatal unit continue to have access to good medical and nursing care, but also have access to all neonatal therapy; occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech and language therapy.  I hope that every therapy discipline has the credentials to highlight their specialty and knowledge and that no family is asked to choose between receiving occupational therapy or physiotherapy or speech and language therapy again. I believe that becoming certified in neonatal therapy is definitely a step in the right direction.”

Casey Manning M.S. CCC-SLP, CNT, NTMTC

Casey Manning M.S. CCC-SLP, CNT, NTMTC

“I have spent many days fighting for respect and proving myself to other professionals in the NICU. Earning the title of Certified Neonatal Therapist has helped minimize that fight.”

Cameron Harris, OTR/L, NTMTC, CNT

Cameron Harris, OTR/L, NTMTC, CNT

“I pursued the Certified Neonatal Therapist Certification because working with infants in the NICU is a passion of mine. It has grown exponentially through the years and I felt the time was right to prove to myself, my team, and my management staff that I had the skills and competency to lead in the NICU.”

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