The Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS) is designed to examine
individual differences in newborn behavior and is appropriate for infants
up to two months of age. It is the most comprehensive examination of
newborn behavior available today.
The Scale contains 28 behavioral and 18 reflex items. It assesses the
baby's capabilities across different developmental areas (autonomic,
motor, state and social-interactive systems) and describes how infants
integrate these areas as they adapt to their new environment..
The Scale can be used to study the effects of wide range of perinatal
variables such as maternal substance use, low birth weight, caesarian
section and other pre- and perinatal variables. It is also used in cross-cultural
and prediction studies.
After certification, trainees will be able to:
- Understand key concepts about newborn behavior
- Administer and reliably score the Scale to healthy full-term infants
- Assess and describe newborn behavior
- Integrate findings from an exam into a behavioral profile of the
Researchers and clinicians may explore the training and certification
aspects of the NBAS. Complete information about registration is available
(link to workshops.html). Those who plan to use the NBAS must be certified
in order to use the scale reliably and re-certified every three years.
NBAS training and certification takes place in four phases:
First register on line at
- Two-day Workshop
- Self-Study and Practice Phase (including on-line supervision and conference calls)
- Assessment of trainee's administration and inter-rater reliability scoring competence by NBAS trainer
http://www.brazelton-institute.com/nbasregform.pdf. As soon as the Brazelton Institute receives the trainee's Registration Form and full payment, a Training Packet will be sent with the all materials necessary for training. This packet includes:
It will also include details of the NBAS workshop. The trainee should study the manual carefully and view the videotape before attending the two-day workshop.
- The Neonatal Behavior Assessment Scale Manual, 4th Edition.
- The NBAS Testing Kit.
- The NBAS Instructional Video.
Phase 1: Two-day training workshop at the Brazelton Institute.
This individualized workshop will first review the theoretical framework on which the NBAS is based and then examine contents and uses of the Scale. At the heart of the workshop is the study of the administration and scoring procedures.
Phase 2: Self-training phase:
Trainees then administer and score the NBAS up to 20 babies in their own setting. On-line mentoring will be offered during this stage and between 6- 8weeks after the workshop, a conference call will be scheduled to allow all trainees and faculty to discuss trainees' experiences with administration and scoring. It is recommended that this phase be completed within six months. If it takes longer than one year, the trainee will be asked to pay an additional fee for certification.
When trainees deem themselves ready for certification, they will make three videos of their NBAS examination (with a healthy full-term baby - birth to two months) and submit it with the completed scoring form to the Trainers at the Brazelton Institute. The video will then be examined by the Trainer to evaluate the trainee's administrations skills and reliability in scoring. Both administrative competence and scoring reliability at the 90% agreement level are required to receive certification. If the trainee does not meet the reliability criteria, he or she will need to practice on more babies and attempt it again for an additional charge.
If the trainee has been successful, he or she will receive an NBAS certificate of reliability from the Brazelton Institute. (It should be noted that the certificate does not authorize NBAS examiners to train other people. However, it is appropriate for a certified examiner to help colleagues prepare for their certification session.)
The fee for the NBAS course and certification is $2,500 (which includes the workshop, workshop materials, manual, video, NBAS kit and on-line supervision) and must be paid at the time of registration.
Off-Site NBAS Training Program
Off site training is offered for a minimum of five trainees. The fee is $2,500/person and travel and accommodation for the NBAS trainer.