Journal article

Time Together: A Feasible Program to Promote parent-infant Interaction in the NICU

Helen Shoemark

MUSIC THERAPY PERSPECTIVES | OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC | Published : 2018

Abstract

Music therapy in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is often restricted to infants and families most in need because of limited time. This study explored the translation of basic aspects of the therapist-delivered contingent singing method into a program of parent-infant interaction information. A purposive sample of 13 mothers evaluated the parent education program called Time Together. The feasibility issues of acceptability and implementation were qualitatively evaluated usingRallis and Rossman's (2003)program evaluation method to identify both strengths and weaknesses. Participants reported the program to be useful, with the most positive response for the content about infant behavi..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research was undertaken in the author's capacity as Team Leader for Sensory Experience in Early Development at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. The author was supported by a Career Development Award from the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program.