Chaos to Calm

Learn five simple steps to create a healing environment in the NICU and to achieve a smooth transition from NICU to home.

What You Will Learn

Welcome to the Chaos to Calm CEU course, where pediatric healthcare professionals embark on a transformative journey to modify and promote healing environments for premature infants and special needs children.

Course Objectives



How to identify and describe the five elements of a healing environment


Understand the impact of the elements of a healing environment on sensory development


To paraphrase the evidence-based research supporting each element of a healing environment


To recognize, describe and support a healing environment & promote developmentally appropriate activities.

Do You Need This Course?

Yes, if you are...

  • An occupational/Physical/ or Speech Therapist
  • NICU Therapist
  • An Early Intervention Therapist
  • Home Health Nurse
  • A Case Manager
  • A Special Instructor

Why this class is especially important for Early Intervention Therapists

By understanding what the infant experienced (and the treatments that were utilized) in NICU, you -- as an early intervention therapist -- will be better able to continue the NICU techniques.

This continuity will  smooth the transition as they move from the hospital to home enabling you  to minimize infant stress and help to more effectively involve the parents in the transition.


Course Curriculum

  • MODULE 1


    Delve into the intricate world of touch as we uncover the secrets of skin development and touch receptors. Discover simple yet effective methods to nurture touch in the NICU and beyond as we guide you through the transition home.
  • MODULE 2


    Illuminate your understanding of the visual system's development and unravel the profound impact of light on both preterm and term infants. Prepare to be dazzled as we explore the transformative power of light!
  • MODULE 3


    Listen closely as we unravel the mysteries of the auditory system's development. Gain insights into the perfect harmony of sound levels and master the art of gently introducing sounds in the NICU and during the transition home.
  • MODULE 4

    Smell & Taste

    Prepare for a sensory explosion as we delve into the development of the olfactory and gustatory systems. Uncover the profound influence of smell and taste on bonding and feeding skills. Get ready to savor simple strategies that ignite feeding progression!
  • MODULE 5


    Feel the warmth of knowledge as we uncover the secrets of the Thermal Regulation System's development. Learn ingenious ways to maintain the perfect temperature in both the NICU and transition home, ensuring little one’s conserve precious energy and thrive!
  • MODULE 6


    Join us for a thrilling conclusion where we recap all the exhilarating key points and set you on a clear path towards mastering the chaos and embracing the calm!


Is this course approved for continuing education?
This course is approved for 2.0 contact hours (0.2 CEUs) by the AOTA.

Contact Laura at with any questions concerning contact hour approval.
Are there any prerequisites required for taking this course?
No. This is an introductory level course.
How is this course taught?
This is a distance learning - independent course. It is taught using PowerPoint, trainer explanation and examples and videos as teaching methods.
What is required for completion of this course?
You must be logged in under your unique username and password, watch each module in its entirety, pass a test with at least 80% accuracy, and complete a post-course survey to earn your completion certificate.
How long do I have access to this course?
After enrolling in the course, you have 30 days to complete the course and earn your certificate.
What is the cancellation policy?
A written request must be made within 30 days of purchase if no more than two modules have been completed. Email to request a refund. There is no option to cancel after the 30 day, two module limit has been exceeded. If the course is cancelled by the provider before the 30-day access, the student will receive a full refund.
How can I make special needs/accessibility requests?
If you need special accommodations, please email
How can I contact the provider with any questions or complaints?
You can email the provider at with any questions or concerns.

The CE administrator will email the learner with acknowledgement of the question, complaint or concern within 1-2 business days. Any necessary resolutions will be communicated to the learner via email within 7-10 business days and kept on file within the email managing system under “Complaints and Resolutions” for a minimum of 7 years.

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          Laura R. Barnhart, OTR/L, CNT, CIIT, is a practicing Occupational Therapist and Certified Neonatal Therapist with over 20 years of experience in home health, out-patient and NICU settings.

          She has been a Certified International Instructor Trainer since 2014.