I am a pediatric occupational therapist with a career-long interest in infant development. Current focus is on improving outcomes for infants in the NICU, through developmental assessment and interventions and developing an interdisciplinary approach to initiating and progressing breast and bottle feeding.
Travel Award to attend Physical and Developmental Environment of the High-Risk Infant Conference, January 26-29, 2005; March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, Rhode Island Chapter.
Research Grant #399469, 1995-1996, $5000.00, Reliability and Validity of the Posture and Fine Motor Assessment of Infants, Parts I and II. American Occupational Therapy Foundation, Co-Principal Investigator.
Research Grant #4680-105, 1992 - 1993, $1000.00; Motor Behaviors as Cues to Cardiorespiratory Response in Preterm Infants. American Occupational Therapy Foundation, Principal Investigator.
ORIGINAL PUBLICATIONS IN PEER-REVIEWED JOURNALS
OTHER PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS
BOOKS AND BOOK CHAPTERS
Bigsby, R. (in press). Occupational Therapy in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. In J.O’Brien & H. Miller-Kuhaneck (Eds.). Case-Smith’s Occupational Therapy for Children and Adolescents; 8th Edition. New York, NY: Elsevier.
Bigsby, R. (in press). Sensory integration applications with infants in neonatal intensive care and early intervention. In A.C. Bundy, S.J. Lane, & S. Mulligan (Eds.). Sensory Integration Theory and Practice; 3rd Edition. Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis.
Bigsby, R. (2010). Fueling development by enhancing infant-caregiver relationships: Transformation in the developmental therapies. In B.M. Lester, & J.Sparrow (Eds.) Nurturing Children and Families: Building on the Legacy of T.Berry Brazelton. (pp. 219-280). Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
|1974||BS||Western Michigan University|
Inaugural Pioneer in Neonatal Therapy Award, 2015, National Association of Neonatal Therapists (NANT) for “contributing tirelessly to establish and advance the field of neonatal therapy.”
The AOTA Service Commendation, The American Occupational Therapy Association, 2007; for authorship of “Specialized knowledge and skills for occupational therapy practice in the neonatal intensive care unit.”
Roster of Fellows of The American Occupational Therapy Association (F.A.O.T.A.) For advancing occupational therapy with infants and children, June, 1993
Service Award, The American Occupational Therapy Association, 1992.
|Lester, Barry||Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Professor of Pediatrics, Director of the Center for the Study of Children at Risk|
|Padbury, James||William and Mary Oh - William and Elsa Zopfi Professor of Pediatrics for Perinatal Research, Professor of Pediatrics|
Invited Member, International Consensus Panel on NICU Developmental Care Practices, representing OT Profession, Annual Gravens Conference on the Physical and Developmental Environment of the High Risk Infant, 2013 to present.
Member, NICU Task Force, American Occupational Therapy Association, 1999 to present
Manuscript Reviewer, American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 1995 to presen
Proposal Reviewer, AOTA National Conference 1988 to present
Resource Person in Sensory Integration, AOTA, Sensory Integration Special Interest Section, 1992 to present
Resource Person in Pediatrics, AOTA Practice Division, 1994 to present
Member, National Association of Neonatal Therapists, January, 2011 to present
Member, Infant Massage USA, 2004 to present
Resource Person, Infant Massage USA, January, 2011 to present
Advisory Board - OT Consultant, Infant Massage USA, May, 2012 to present
Member, Faculty Advisory Board, New England Institute of Technology Master of Science Program in Occupational Therapy, 2009 to 2013; Program for Occupational Therapy Assistants, 1996 to 2009.
Member, Advisory Board, Rhode Island Association for Infant Mental Health, 2004/2005
Rhode Island Committee for Comprehensive System of Personnel Development for Early Intervention, Pre-service Education Committee, 1992 to 1999
Member, Professional Advisory Committee, Visiting Nurses Association, Inc., Providence, R.I., 1985 to 2001
Representative for State of Rhode Island on AOTA Representative Assembly, 1986-1992; Service Award, The American Occupational Therapy Association, April, 1992
Alternate Representative for RI, AOTA, 1985-1986
Chair, R.I. Pediatric Special Interest Section of AOTA, 1985-1988
Member, Executive Board, Rhode Island Occupational Therapy Association, 1985-1992
Board of Directors, Thumb Area Easter Seal Society, Port Huron, MI 1976-1978
UNIVERSITY TEACHING ROLES
Supervisor, Master-Level Occupational Therapy Students of Boston University, Springfield College, New England Intitute of Technology January, 2004 to present.
“Development of Human Performance Abilities”, OT 329/OT 529 4 credit undergraduate and entry level masters course; 30 students, Department of Occupational Therapy, Sargent College of Allied Health Professions, Boston University, Boston, MA, Fall, 1991.
“Neuroscience Applications for Rehabilitation”, OTS 293, 4 credit course for 11 post-professional graduate students, Boston School of Occupational Therapy, Tufts University, Medford, MA, Fall, 1991.
HOSPITAL TEACHING ROLES
“Developmental Considerations for Infants in Neonatal Intensive Care, and Family-Centered Interventions During the Hospital Stay and the Transition Home” - Monthly didactic/practicum training for pediatric residents of the Brown University School of Medicine, Developmental and Behavioral Rotation, January through June, 1994 to present.
“Evidence-based Developmental Interventions in the NICU and Newborn Nurseries” – ½ hour presentation for pediatric residents as part of Newborn Curriculum, Monthly, in the NICU, January through March, 2010 to present.
“Feeding issues in the NICU and Newborn Nurseries” - ½ hour presentation for pediatric residents as part of Newborn Curriculum, Monthly, in the NICU, April through June, 2010 to present.
“Developmental and Family Centered Care in the NICU” – 2 hour instruction for all newly hired RN’s preparing to begin working in the NICU, Women & Infants’ Hospital, 2001 to present.
“Introduction to Infant Massage” – 1 - 2 hour instruction for Newborn Nursery staff, Women & Infants’ Hospital, June 22, 2005; November 16, 2005; March 15, 2006; August 9, 2006.
“Brachial Plexus Injury: Assessment & Intervention for Neonates” - Perinatal Management Seminar, Women & Infants’ Hospital, May 10, 2006.
“Developmental Care: Interventions in the NICU” – 1 hour instruction for NICU staff, Women & Infants’ Hospital, given 14 times, November 28, 2005 through January 21, 2006.
“The Fragile Infant in the NICU: Recognizing Pain & Stress – 1 hour instruction for NICU staff, Women & Infants’ Hospital, given 8 times, November 28, 2006 through December 18, 2006.
“Swallowing Dysfunction in the Neonate – Assessment & Intervention” – Perinatal Management Seminar, Women & Infant’s Hospital, March 28, 2007.
“Swallowing Dysfunction in the Neonate – Complex Patient Presentations” – Neonatal Fellows’ Seminar, Women & Infants’ Hospital, July 26, 2007.
“Challenges to Implementation of A Pathway for Developmental Care in the NICU” – Perinatal Management Seminar, Women & Infants’ Hospital, July 23, 2008.
“Evidence-Based Developmental Interventions in the NICU”, Neonatal Fellows’ Seminar, Women & Infants’ Hospital, October 22, 2009; Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Fellows’ Seminar, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, January 22, 2010.
“A Relationship-Based Approach to Developmental Support of High Risk Infants & Their Families in the NICU” Infant Mental Health Program, Brown Center for the Study of Children At Risk. WIH – 2 –day course for NICU Professionals - June 7-8, 2010.
“Neurobehavioral Assessment of the Preterm Infant”- 1 hour presentation with B. Lester - Perinatal Management Seminar, WIH Dept of Pediatrics, July 14, 2011 “Developmental and Feeding Interventions in the NICU at WIH” - 1/2 hour presentation for visiting neonatologists from Vancouver, BC., March 29, 2011.
“The High Five on the Upper Extremity Program - Perinatal Management of Brachial Plexus Injury and Fractured Clavicle” - 1 hour presentation - Perinatal Management Seminar, WIH Dept of Pediatrics, April 6, 2011.
“Non-Pharmacologic Treatment of Reflux” – 1 hour presentation – Perinatal Noon Conference – Presented with Lynne Pryztac, January 31, 2013.
“Current Approaches to Initiating and Progressing Breast and Bottle Feeding in the NICU: Cue-Based Feeding, Infant Driven Feeding, Co-Regulated Approach – Which is Best for Infants, Parents & Staff? – 45 minute invited presentation for NICU Shared Governance Committee, June 20, 2013.
“Assessing Readiness for and Quality of Breast and Bottle Feeding in the NICU”, WIH NICU, Noon Conference, January 30, 2014 – 1 hr.
“Assessing Readiness for and Quality of Breast and Bottle Feeding in the NICU”, Kent Hospital NICU, February 24, 2014 – 1hr.
“Breastfeeding the High Risk Infant: Challenges and Interventions” RI Breastfeeding Coalition Annual Conference, March 10, 2014 – 1hr.
“Assessing Readiness for and Quality of Breast and Bottle Feeding in the NICU”, NICU NNP Noon Conference, WIH, March 27, 2014– 1hr.
“Readiness for and Progression of Breast and Bottle Feeding in the NICU: Putting the Breast First” – Perinatal Management Conference – April 16, 2014 – 1 hr.
“Assessing Readiness for and Quality of Breast and Bottle Feeding in the NICU”, WIH NICU, Breast Feeding Fair, May 29, 2014 – 6 hr.
“Sensory Impact of NICU Environment” Hasbro Children’s Hospital – Seminar for Fellows in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics – January 12, 2015 – 1 hr.
“Sensory Impact of NICU Environment” WIH NICU, Seminar for NICU Fellows, May 14, 2015 – 1 hr.
“Thickening Feedings as an Intervention for Dysphagia” WIH NICU, Perinatal Noon Conference, July 30, 2015 – 1 hr.
“Feeding Difficulties in the Newborn” – Perinatal Management Conference, WIH. December 16, 2015 – 1 hr.
“Feeding Difficulties in the Newborn – Grand Rounds – Hasbro Children’s Hospital – April 15, 2016 – 1hr.
“Feeding Challenges of the Late Preterm Infant: The Great Imposters” Noon Conference, WIH NICU - December 29, 2016 – 1 hr.
“Evidence-Based Developmental Interventions in the NICU” Seminar for NICU Fellows, June 29, 2017 – 1hr.
“A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Ankyloglossia (Tongue-Tie) Perinatal Management Conference, WIH March 27, 2019 – 1 hr.