The Flourish Neonatal Therapy Training Course uses a proven 6-step approach to help OTs, PTs, SLPs and students build foundational clinical reasoning skills, evaluate, treat, and advocate for medically fragile infants in the NICU.

get started today for just $99

Learn the ins and outs of NICU therapy and get confident working with medically fragile infants.

the flourish neonatal therapy training course!

Practicing in the NICU is a whole, new ballgame (no standard pediatrics here!). As an advanced area of practice, working with medically fragile infants can humble you...FAST. 

Knowing all about term infants or outpatient pediatrics doesn't necessarily mean you have what you need to practice in the NICU setting. 

Micropreemies, prone rolls, the synactive theory...are you ready for it?

if not...keep reading!

it's time to ditch the confusion surrounding nicu therapy.

"This was such a wonderful course, and I’m so glad I was able to take it! Having worked some in the NICU, it is so important to gain increased understanding of what’s needed for the littles. This course provided so much information relevant to clinicians! From some other courses on NICU before, they’re mostly theoretical info you can't take to work with you the next day. I wish there was a Part 2!"

FIVE STARS FROM OUR STUDENTS

LINDSAY, LEVEL 3 NICU PHYSICAL THERAPIST

"take it to work the next day"

I remember not knowing the differences between the development of a premature baby and a term baby, being terrified to change the diaper of a 2 lb preemie, and having no idea what to "do" with a baby in an incubator.

My NICU mentor changed my life and my NICU practice. 

I'm here to change yours!

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Nothing beats the power of mentorship when you want to excel in this advanced area of practice!

You may have already taken some action steps towards your NICU therapy journey.

Maybe invested in some continuing ed that was tough to actually apply, watched some free webinars, followed some NICU social media accounts...

What if you could...

But you need more than that.

it's time you have exactly what you need to flourish as a neonatal therapist.

Know the exact strategies to use on that 32-week preemie you got an order for?

Follow a step-by-step approach that helps you complete an evaluation from start to finish?

Deliver interventions that address the musculoskeletal compensations of a baby with chronic lung disease?

Feel empowered in your NICU skill-set and ability to evaluate and treat medically fragile infants?

The Flourish Neonatal

The Flourish Neonatal Therapy Training Program

In the Flourish Neonatal Therapy Training Course, we use a 6-step approach to help you gain the skills and confidence to evaluate, treat, advocate, and support medically fragile babies in the NICU.

get started now for only $99

plus, earn 13 hours of ce credit & join live mentoring calls

 Therapy Training Course

it's all possible with...

A step-by-step approach that builds the foundational neonatal therapy skills needed to effectively evaluate and intervene with medically fragile infants---even if you have no NICU experience.

Get instant access to video modules, demonstrations, supportive cheat sheets, helpful algorithyms, and more.

(thats right! it's beginner-friendly!)

Module 1: Introduction to Neonatal Therapy 

Module 2: The Unique Lens of a Neonatal Therapist

Module 3: Theoretical Foundations in Neonatal Therapy 

Module 4: Foundational Frameworks in the NICU 

Module 5: Fitting the Pieces Together 

Module 1: Prenatal Development

Module 2: Full-Term Infant Development 

Module 3: Development after Premature Birth 

Module 4: Full-Term vs. Premature Development

What's inside the course

Foundations in Neonatal Therapy

Prenatal & Infant Development

unit 1

Therapeutic Evaluation in the NICU

unit 4

Module 1: What Makes Up the NICU Environment?

Module 2: The Sensory Systems

Module 3: Neonatal Pain & Stress

Module 4: Early Sensory Experiences & Brain Development 

The NICU Environment

unit 3

LET'S BREAK it DOWN

Module 1: Brachial Plexus Injury

Module 2: Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy 

Module 3: Gastroschisis 

Module 4: Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome 

Special Case Studies: NICU Edition

unit 6

unit 2

Therapeutic Intervention in the NICU

Module 1: Overview of Neonatal Evaluation 

Module 2: Standardized Evaluation Tools 

Module 3: The Non-Standardized NICU Evaluation

Module 4: Do No Harm: Understanding Safe Evaluation

Module 5: A NICU Evaluation Walk-Through

unit 5

Module 1: Overview of Neonatal Intervention 

Module 2: Categories of Neonatal Therapy Interventions 

Module 3: What do we actually “do?” 

BEGIN APPROPRIATE HANDLING AND OBSERVATION OF NICU BABIES

01

02

THIS NEONATAL THERAPY mentoring PROGRAM INCLUDES EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO:

CREATE A PROBLEM LIST AND IDENTIFY APPROPRIATE INTERVENTIONS

03

Deliver neuromuscular, manual, sensory, family and co-occupation based interventions

04

advocate for your role AND COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY WITH PEERS AND NICU FAMILIES

05

COMPLETE A NON-STANDARDIZED NICU EVALUATION START TO FINISH

This course isn't just information; it helps you take action.

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"OMG you have truly inspired me! Your knowledge is amazing." -Sarah

"Hi Katie, I just wanted to say...I signed up for the Flourish course in Aug 2022 and then life happened. I have just completed the course and OMG you have truly inspired me. Your knowledge is amazing and the way you delivered the course makes neonatal therapy seem very logical and heartwarming. My heart and soul is full. Thank you so much..."

"The handouts and resources are so helpful and worth having in your toolbox."- Carly

"This course is an excellent resource for individuals currently practicing in the NICU or would like to work in the NICU! The handouts and resources are so helpful and worth having in your toolbox. The self-pace format allowed me to complete the course while working full-time and being present for my family."

self-paced format helped me balance life 

"I learned so much and I loved having the concrete information on things we as neonatal therapists can do."- Jen

"I finally finished the flourish course (it's been a busy summer!) and I just wanted to reach out and say THANK YOU so much for making this resource!! I have not been able to get any hands-on experience in the NICU and I feel like this will help give me a leg up. I learned so much and I loved having the concrete information on things we as neonatal therapists can do and advocate for our tiny patients and their family. Thanks again!!"

will have a leg up when getting a nicu job

nicu therapy now makes sense

I'm all about making things easier for you, so along with the 6 course modules, you also get...

some amazing nicu bonuses

  • NICU Infant Cues Cheat Sheet
  • Stop/Pause/Engage Interaction algorithm
  • New Initial NICU Evaluation Template
  • Preemie Development Reference Page
  • Special Case Study Treatment Guidelines
  • The Ultimate NICU Therapist Reference Page

10+ NICU-specific cheat sheets and algorithms for quick reference

Bonus #1

tools to simplify your daily life in the nicu and ease the burden of knowing "all the things!"

plus, more!

This course includes interactive practice exercises to support clinical reasoning skills and apply course material. Join other course participants every month for a LIVE mentorship call where you can ask course or NICU clinical questions, listen in, and build your sense of community.

Monthly mentorship guidance calls LIVE with Katie

Bonus #2

log in today, use the techniques tomorrow!

1. Obtain foundational information and knowledge on NICU concepts and theories. 

2. Add in knowledge of evidence-based, developmental interventions and critical reasoning skills.

3. Apply your new NICU knowledge to clinical case studies on premature infants and other diagnoses.

get started today & JOIN US FOR OUR NEXT NICU MENTORSHIP CALL!

ONE TIME PAYMENT
$395

join now $395

Are you an OT, PT, or SLP student? 

Use code STUDENT20 at checkout for 20% off any course package. 

PAY MONTHLY
(4 MONTHLY PAYMENTs of $99)

join now $99

It's more than a course. It's a space to grow, feel supported, and ask questions.

Live mentorship calls with an experienced NICU therapist is the difference between...

let's see what some of our students have had to say about the live mentorship calls.

A comforting sense of community, knowing you're growing alongside other NICU therapists

An approachable space to ask questions and troubleshoot thoughts or NICU cases 

The dynamic feedback needed to fill any gaps in knowledge as it arises in practice

 second guessing your clinical decisions and being 100% confident in your role and skill set.

Even though I had many hours of NICU education under my belt before practicing independently in the NICU, I remember feeling overwhelmed by what to actually spend my time DOING with a baby during my treatment. 

I struggled with understanding what was typical for a premature baby versus a term baby when doing an evaluation. 

I sought validation and reasoning with my mentor frequently to make sure I was practicing safely and effectively. 

if you've felt that too...
you're in the right place.

Whether you're a therapy student interested in the NICU setting, or a level 4 NICU therapist... it's time to ditch the confusion and overwhelm surrounding NICU therapy.

This is your chance to go beyond simply learning information & actually get the tools that put it into action.

Understand how theories are used to inform your clinical decisions in the NICU.

Be able to communicate your role to team members and grow more assertive in your practice.

Have a clear plan on how to progress through an initial NICU evaluation.

Have a vibrant excitement and motivation to continue on your neonatal therapy journey.

Have practical intervention ideas you can start using at the NICU bedside.

Be prepared to get hands-on and deliver safe, high quality interactions with medically fragile infants.

By the end of the Flourish Training Program, you will...

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learn at your own pace, from anywhere!

get 13 hours towards continuing ed

learn strategies today, apply them tomorrow

Follow a proven step-by-step process

I really enjoyed this course, it made me fall in love with learning again. Having access to the portal meant I could definitely learn at my own pace and go over anything. From the first unit to the end this course provided me with lots of information that is changing my practice straightaway. It has given me a solid foundation and reinforced some things that I already knew (in my gut). I would definitely recommend this course to any therapist working in neonatal care. Thank you Katie for sharing your knowledge.

ella, nicu ot

"provided me with lots of information that is changing my practice straightaway."

I loved this course, every aspect of it, and I am so thankful I found Katie and her resources. As a newer OT in my career and wanting to learn more about the NICU, this course helped teach me foundational concepts to support my work in the NICU as a therapist. It is filled with evidence-based practices. On top of the guidance Katie provides, her literature and NICU guides are beyond resourceful.

chelsea, nicu ot

"helped teach me foundational concepts to support my work in the NICU as a therapist"

"Thank you so much Katie for sharing your experience, knowledge and joy with me. This course significantly helped me gain confidence and knowledge during my transition into the NICU. The information you have provided is invaluable, and I still reference it everyday. 🧡"

maggie, nicu ot

"significantly helped me gain confidence and knowledge during my transition into the NICU" 

I'm Katie Ross

Katie is an experienced certified neonatal therapist with a Doctorate degree in Occupational Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis. She holds additional certifications in neonatal touch and massage, as well as lactation. 

With clinical experience in a 100+ bed, level 4 NICU, Katie is an expert on the specialized developmental and medical needs of NICU infants and their families.

She is the owner and founder of Blooming Littles, LLC, a company aimed at equipping NICU caregivers with the knowledge, skills, and encouragement needed to nourish positive NICU experiences.

meet your instructor

OTD, OTR/L, NTMTC, CNT

This neonatal therapy training course is unique because...

it focuses on a wide range of nicu  therapy topics. it covers the a to z of nicu therapy.

When approaching the care of medically fragile babies, it's important to have a well-rounded approach. We want you to not only have an answer, but to understand the theoretical foundations and frameworks that led to that decision. 

Flourish doesn't focus solely on one topic, like the positioning of infants in the NICU, we cover almost every aspect of NICU care so you can leave the course ready to take real action.

IT COMBATS CONFUSION WITH A STEP-BY-STEP FORMAT.

You will leave this course feeling more confident and less confused, because you won't start off with topics and concepts that are difficult to understand. Before we dive into more advanced topics, like evaluating or treating medically fragile babies, you will learn the basics. 

Each module builds on the previous, giving you a systematic approach to NICU therapy that will make sense and simplify the transfer of information to clinical practice.

You have it in you to not only practice in the NICU setting, but feel supported along the way!

Positioning infants using positioning aids

Supporting appropriate posture with manual techniques

Decreasing pain and stress with cue-based care and stress-prevention interventions

Optimizing midline and flexor movement with neuromuscular techniques

Meeting the sensory needs of infants to minimize overstimulation and stress

Promoting family involvement through diapering and other infant activities

There are so many powerful ways NICU therapists can support preemies and other medically fragile babies.

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the tools are yours inside this course.

This is for you if:

You're interested in what a therapist does in the NICU setting

You're already a certified neonatal therapist (CNT)

Are a therapy student doing a DEC or fieldwork in the NICU (Use code STUDENT20 for 20% off)

You would consider yourself an advanced NICU clinician

Are a NICU therapist (in any level!) wanting intervention or evaluation strategies

It's probably not for you if...

You're not an OT, PT, or SLP (or student in those fields)

It's probably not
for you if...

Need continuing education hours towards yearly requirements

SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

Let's get started!

get started today & JOIN US FOR OUR NEXT NICU MENTORSHIP CALL!

ONE TIME PAYMENT
$395

buy now $395

Are you an OT, PT, or SLP student? 

Use code STUDENT20 at checkout for 20% off any course package. 

PAY MONTHLY
(4 MONTHLY PAYMENTS of $99)

buy now $99

It sure does. This training course qualifies for 13 hours of continuing ed credit. To get a certificate of completion, you're required to complete all 6 online modules, pass the course quiz, and complete a course evaluation. 

Following purchase, you have immediate access to the online portal. Then, you can go through the 6 modules at your own pace. 

If you upgrade to our premium course experience, you'll also get access to the Flourish Together community upon purchase.

When you upgrade to the premium course experience, you get access to monthly group mentorship calls with a certified neonatal therapist for an entire year!  These happen inside our exclusive Flourish Together community and vary month-to-month to accommodate differing schedules and time zones. The calls are recorded and saved in your online portal.

Oh, absolutely! We have had course participants from 16 countries, including UAE, Malta, Israel, South Africa, Australia, Denmark, the UK, and Canada.

We’ve had students take Flourish their first semester of OT school, all the way through to students who take it while they’re on their Level 2 Fieldworks. I recommend you take it after completing your first year learning foundations of OT. If you’re doing a Level 2 or capstone/fellowship experience in the NICU, I highly recommend taking it prior to that.

Use code: STUDENT20 FOR 20% off a course package.

You get access for an entire year!

Totally! The 6 units are online video classes, and they are self-paced. The course is also mobile compatible, so you can watch on your phone if you’re on-the-go!

Unfortunately, no. Flourish was designed to support therapists only. Although there’s some overlap in what nurses and therapists know and do in the NICU, the course delivers information and techniques specific to a therapist’s scope of practice.

The basic course package is $397. You have the option of making a one-time payment or doing a 4-month payment plan. 

The premium mentorship course package is $795 and includes a one-time payment or 6-month payment option. The premium package includes a year of live group mentorship calls and access to the exclusive community, Flourish Together.

i'M IN! LET'S ENROLL

LET'S DIVE INTO ONE OF THE BEST AREAS OF PRACTICE TOGETHER...

THE NICU!