Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Brenner Children’s Hospital operates a Level IV neonatal intensive care nursery, which is the highest level of care available. These infants often face problems feeding, both at the breast and with the bottle. Speech-language pathologists working in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) have experience working with this specialized population and are trained in a variety of assessment tools for diagnosis and treatment. They work closely with neonatologists, pediatric surgeons, nurses, nutritionists, lactation consultants, social workers, as well as with occupational and physical therapists.

Speech-language pathologists provide oral motor and feeding evaluation and treatment of the premature and medically fragile infant. Intervention may include:

  • determining the safety of oral feeding (i.e., pre-feeding assessment)
  • finding the best positioning for feeding
  • recommending feeding techniques to improve the quality of feeding by breast or bottle
  • working together with the medical team to establish feeding schedules that support the health of the baby
  • completing an instrumental swallowing evaluation called a Modified Barium Swallow Study
  • providing parent education as it relates to feeding
  • participating in discharge recommendations for follow-up care

Find more information on the NICU.

Quick Reference

Phone 336-716-3103
Fax 336-716-8161

8 am - 5 pm Mon-Fri
Pediatric Speech Pathology
Hearing and Speech
2nd Floor CompRehab Plaza
131 Miller Street
Winston-Salem, NC  27103
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Last Updated: 07-08-2014
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