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Physical Therapy with Newborns and Infants: Applying Concepts of Phenomenology and Synactive Theory to Guide Interventions
Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
  • Yvette Blanchard, Sacred Heart University
  • Gunn Kristin Øberg, Arctic University of Norway
Document Type
Peer-Reviewed Article
Publication Date
1-1-2015
Program
Physical Therapy
Disciplines
Abstract

Physical therapy involving newborns and young infants is a specialized area of practice reserved for therapists who have advanced training and the competence to help newborns, young infants and their families meet their goals. Beginning at birth, infants apply a significant amount of effort to actively participate in and shape their world. Infants make their intentions and requests for support known through their behaviors during social and physical therapy encounters. The therapeutic encounter viewed from the infant’s perspective has received limited attention in the physical therapy literature. The purpose of this article is to discuss concepts related to phenomenology and synactive theory that are relevant to physical therapy with newborns and young infants during the first few months of life after birth.

DOI
10.3109/09593985.2015.1010243
PMID
25671353
Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Pages
377-381
Citation Information

Blanchard, Y., & Øberg G. K. (2015). Physical therapy with newborns: Applying concepts of phenomenology and synactive theory to guide interventions. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 31(6), 377-381. doi: 10.3109/09593985.2015.1010243.