Welcome to the Brazelton Institute!
The Brazelton Institute is dedicated to promoting the healthy development of infants and families, through research and education programs for people who care for children and their families in the first years of life. The Institute is based in the Department of Pediatrics at the Children's Hospital in Boston, which is an affiliate of the Harvard Medical School.
Dr. J. Kevin Nugent founded the Brazelton Institute in 1995. Building
The work of the Brazelton Institute is based on the assumption that parents and families have the central and primary role in ensuring the health and well-being of their children. However, we believe that doctors, nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, physical and occupational therapists, infancy and early intervention specialists, therapists, social workers and other allied health and education professionals in the community, are significant partners in providing services to parents. The Institute is committed to promoting and conducting research and training to ensure that the information offered to professionals and parents is reliable and trustworthy.
The Institute is the home of the Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale and provides training for clinicians and researchers on the Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS) (Brazelton and Nugent, 1995) and of the Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) system. (Nugent, Keefer, O'Brien, Johnson, Blanchard, 2005)
The NBAS is regarded as the most comprehensive examination of newborn
behavior available and is used in both research and clinical settings
across the world. It is used to examine:
The NBO is used in clinical settings. It is a relationship-building tool, so that the goal of the NBO is to foster parents' senstitivity and responsiveness to their newborns, on the one hand, and to help the practitioner develop a supportive relationship with the family, on the other.
The Brazelton Institute is recognized at local, national and international levels as a leader in developing and providing educational programs for professionals who care for young children and families in both hospital and clinical settings around the world.
The Brazelton Institute International Network consists of a network of professionals around the world who are dedicated to promoting the healthy development of infants and families, through teaching and research. The primary goal of the Brazelton Institute International Network is to provide training in the use of the NBAS in different settings across the world.
AB INITIO international is the newsletter
of the Brazelton Institute. It was first published in 1989 to foster
scholarly exchange among professionals working with infants and families.
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