Neonatal therapy is the art and science of integrating typical development of the infant and family into the environment of the NICU. Neonatal therapy practice incorporates theories and scopes of practice from the respective disciplines of occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology. Neonatal therapy promotes optimal long-term developmental outcomes and nurtures infant-parent relationships by addressing the following synergistic neurodevelopmental systems: neurobehavioral, neuromotor, neuroendocrine, musculoskeletal, sensory, and psychosocial. These systems provide the foundation for the development of functional skills.
NB: This definition was created by the National Association of Neonatal Therapists Professional Collaborative (NPC)