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Understanding Newborn Behavior & Early Relationships

The Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) System Handbook

J. Kevin Nugent (author) Constance H. Keefer (author)
Susan Minear (author)
Lise Johnson (author)
Yvette Blanchard (author)
T. Berry Brazelton (foreword)

ISBN: 9781557668837

Publication Date: Nov 2007

Format: Paperback

The Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) system is an individualized infant-focused, family-centred observational tool designed to be used by practitioners to describe an infant's competencies and individuality. This book presents the NBO system, its content and uses, the theoretical framework on which it is based, and a set of guidelines.
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Giving babies a "voice" helps parents understand their baby's unique strengths and needs. This observational tool and handbook, complete with beautiful four-color photographs by a Pulitzer prize-winning photographer, gives professionals a systematic way to help parents respond with confidence to their baby's individual needs–and build positive parent–professional relationships in the process. Flexible, easy to integrate into everyday practice, and based on more than 25 years of research, this system includes

A short, easy-to-use, interactive observational tool. With the Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) system, professionals will have a structured set of 18 observations for infants from birth to approximately 3 months. Including parents as partners, professionals guide the observation, discuss the baby's abilities and behaviors with parents, encourage parent insights and questions, and suggest specific ways to support the child's development. (Appropriate use of the NBO tool in clinical practice requires training through the NBO training program.)
A complete guide to the NBO system. Through realistic case studies, step-by-step how-to instructions, and color photos illustrating each NBO item, professionals will understand how to use the NBO effectively with a wide variety of families.

Invaluable professional guidance. More than a tool, the handbook helps professionals improve their daily work with in-depth information on infant and parent development, cultural competence, premature and at-risk infants, family–centered care, and more.

An essential resource from the co-author of the highly regarded Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS) and his colleagues, this system is just what clinicians in hospital, clinic, or home settings need to help new mothers and fathers get to know their baby, increase their confidence and competence as parents, and support their child's growth and development.
Illustrations col. Illustrations
Pages 280
Date Published 30 Nov 2007
Publisher Brookes Publishing Co.
Subject/s Paediatric medicine   Child & developmental psychology   Paediatric nursing  
The Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) System and the Theoretical and Clinical Principles Underlying Its Use; The Newborn Parent: Promoting the Parent-Infant Relationship through the NBO; The NBO Manual: Administration, Recording, Interpretation, Developmental Course and Implications for Caregiving; Communication for Relationship: Working with Parents and Their Infants in the Newborn Period; Incorporating the NBO into the Newborn Nursery Setting; Uses of the NBO with Preterm or Medically Fragile Infants.; The NBO in Clinical Settings: Nursing Perspectives; Cultural Considerations in the Use of the NBO.
J. Kevin Nugent is Director of the Brazelton Institute, Children's Hospital Boston, in Massachusetts. Constance H. Keefer is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Child Development Unit, in Massachusetts. Susan O'Brien is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine, in Massachusetts. Lise Johnson is Director of Well Newborn Nurseries, Brigham and Women's Hospital, in Boston, Massachusetts. Yvette Blanchard is Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, University of Hartford, in Connecticut. Matthew Lee is a photographer for The Boston Globe newspaper.

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