Ab Initio International
Ab Initio International
Summer 2006
Ab Initio International
Promoting the Healthy Development of Infants
Featured Articles
photo of baby and mother Training Pediatric Residents in the Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) system: a follow-up study
by Susan McQuiston, Nancy Kloczko, Lise Johnson, Susan O'Brien, and J. Kevin Nugent
photo of doctor, baby, and mother Using the NBO to promote mother-infant interaction
by J. Kevin Nugent, Jay Killough, Julio Gonzalez, Judith Wides, Clarissa Valim, and Mei-Chiung Shih
Mario Becker NBAS, TOUCHPOINTS AND... TOBACCO: Improving the child's health: lessons from Brazil
by Mario Becker, M.D., M.P.H., M.Sc.
Mario Becker NBO promotes family
centered care in EI

by Martha Levine, RPT
baby Jennifer Using the Revised NBAS (NBAS-R) to examine the relationship between newborn behavior and temperament categories at four months of age
by J. Kevin Nugent, Nancy Snidman, Jerome Kagan, Mei-Chiung Shih, S. Ming, Cecilia Matson, Simona Bujoreanu, and Jennifer Gillette
Kevin Nugent The NBO and the March of Dimes NICU Family Support program: The effects of the NBO as an educational and emotional support system for parents of premature infants
by J. David Nugent and Dana Alhaffer
Brazil Ensuring a fair start for children
at risk in Brazil

by Mary Eming Young, MD, DPH

Jerome KaganA Conversation with Jerome Kagan
by Marie Burks

From the Editor

Kevin NugentJ. Kevin Nugent, Director of the Brazelton Institute - It is my pleasure to introduce this new —and long-awaited— issue of Ab Initio, in which guest editor Anne Bentley Waddoups and I have assembled a wide range of original research and clinical reports, all of which are based on or were stimulated by the Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS) or the Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) system. This issue also includes an interview with Jerome Kagan, Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, who is not only one of the great researchers of our time but one of the most admired colleagues and mentors in the field of Developmental Psychology and Child Development. The interview was conducted by Marie Burks, a student at Harvard University and intern at the Brazelton Institute. From the Editor continued

Urbi et Orbi

International Conferences and NBAS and NBO Training

flagCambridge University, England:
The Brazelton Center of Great Britain presented a Study Day at Clare College, Cambridge University, on March 27th 2006.

flagThe United States of America:
The Brazelton Touchpoints 9th National Forum, Strengthening Families, Building Bonds, Forming Alliances will take place at the Radisson Hotel, Boston from June 1 to 4th.

flagParis, France:
A symposium on "The NBAS: new clinical developments and recent research" will be presented at the World Conference in Infant Mental Health (WAIMH) in Paris on July 9th 2006.

flagBarcelona, Spain:
Dra. Carme Costas Moragas, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona and NBAS trainer, has developed a new DVD on the NBAS in Spanish, Escala per a l'Avaluacio del Compartament Neonatal Escala de Brazelton.

flagQuébec City, Canada:
On October 21, 2005, Yvette Blanchard and Kevin Nugent offered an NBO training session to 30 health care professionals in Québec, Canada.

flagPorto Alegre, Brazil:
The first International Conference on Infant Development - Primeira Infancia Melhor - hosted by the Ministry of Health and the government of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil, in collaboration with UNICEF, UNESCO, Fundacao Orsa, and others, took place in Porto Alegre.

Remembering Michele Bottos - a giant in the field of pediatrics

flagBangkok, Thailand:
Brazelton Institute colleagues, Naiphinich Kotchabhakdi and Nittaya Kotchabhakdi, President and Vice-President of the Thai Society of Behavioral Medicine respectively and faculty, Mahidol University, are hosting the Ninth International Congress of Behavioral Medicine, Bridging Behavior and Health - Connecting the Hemispheres, in Bangkok from Nov 29th to Dec 2nd 2006.



* Guest Editor Anne Bentley Waddoups is a graduate of the Applied Child Development program at Tufts University and is currently working for Families First, a non-profit parenting education organization in Massachusetts. In the fall, she will continue graduate work as a doctoral student at Tufts in Applied Child Development, particularly studying infancy and policy/programs that support and encourage healthy early child development.

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