The goal of the SENSE (Supporting and Enhancing NICU Sensory Experiences) intervention is to engage parents in consistently providing positive, developmentally appropriate sensory exposures to their high-risk infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) every day of hospitalization. The SENSE intervention includes specific doses and targeted timing (based on postmenstrual age, PMA) of evidence-based interventions such as skin-to-skin care, infant massage, auditory exposures, holding, and rocking. The guideline was developed with the intention of optimizing parent engagement, while maximizing daily positive sensory exposures to improve infant development and parent-infant interaction.
In this presentation, the specific guideline on auditory, tactile, vestibular, kinesthetic, olfactory and multi-modal stimulation for preterm infants in the NICU will be described. SENSE development and preliminary evidence will also be discussed.
Bobbi Pineda PhD, OTR/L