Substance-Exposed Infants
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Robert Nickel, MD, developmental pediatrician and professor of pediatrics and Susan Edelstein, MSW, Program Director of TIES for Adoption/ UCLA address the issues and challenges faced by parents who care for substance-exposed infants. The health and medical needs of infants and newborns prenatally exposed to drugs can be perplexing and serious. This course sheds light on this complex subject and provides useful strategies for parenting these infants as well as valuable tips for working with an infant's professional team.

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • understand the effects of prenatal substance exposure on infants
  • identify myths and common misinformation about the effects of substances on infants and children
  • identify medical issues of substance-exposed infants
  • identify strategies for parenting irritable, dysregulated infants
  • identify strategies for parenting lethargic infants
  • understand how to work with professionals and the child's biological parents

This was an informative video discussing the effects of a variety of substances to which children may be prenatally exposed. It provides helpful strategies for regulating children who are coping with the effects of these substances in order to promote their development and social interactions. Thank you!
Mary L.

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This course examines the effects of prenatal substance abuse on infants. Also covered are:

  • myths and misinformation

  • effects of legal and illegal drugs

  • medical and developmental issues

  • key parenting strategies

  • working with professionals

4 credit hours,
$20.00 per person