Speech-Language Pathologists in the NICU are tasked with many roles and responsibilities. An SLP needs to be aware of what these different roles and responsibilities require because, with an “increase in the birth and survival rate of the premature infants, a need for supportive health care services becomes more evident” (Ghomi et al., 2019). This presentation will provide an overview of the general roles and responsibilities of SLPs within the NICU. Specifically, Premature Infant Oral Motor Intervention (PIOMI) will be discussed. PIOMI was compared to Oromotor Stimulation (OMS), and it was found to ultimately be more effective on oral feeding readiness than OMS (Sumarni et al., 2021). PIOMI has also been linked to a decreased length of hospital stay in premature infants (Ghomi et al., 2019). Given the effectiveness of PIOMI, it is beneficial to be aware of the rationale and implementation of this technique and the associated benefits.
NICU, Premature infant, Premature Infant Oral Motor Intervention, PIOMI
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