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NBAS Training

Shohei Ohgi, RPT, PhD
NBAS trainer in Japan
Seirei Christopher University

Dr. Shohei Ohgi and Dr. Kevin Nugent

I came to the Brazelton Institute in 1988 with Dr. Akiyama and Dr. Tsurusaki to train on the NBAS with Dr. Brazelton, Dr. Kevin Nugent and Ms. Jean Cole. Since then, the NBAS has been a central part of my clinical and research work on neonatal development and intervention for high-risk infants and their families. We have been using the NBAS for early assessment of infants at high-risk for developmental disorders such as cerebral palsy and mental retardation, and have found it to be an invaluable tool for managing early intervention. The NBAS is the best instrument we know of for objectively assessing high-risk infants because its fundamental principle is to identify the individual characteristics and capabilities of each infant and this information is extremely useful in planning early intervention. The need to see each infant as a unique person, with a unique set of personality traits, responses, and behaviors is critical for the care of at-risk infants. We believe the NBAS can help clinicians not only to identify neonates who are at high risk for behavioral problems in childhood, but also can help us develop individualized management protocols for infants at-risk of later developmental disabilities.

After we had been trained on the NBAS in Boston in 1990, we set up a training site in Japan and since then we have offered NBAS training sessions every year. About 500 Japanese researchers and clinicians have attended the NBAS our annual NBAS Introduction course, and about 10 % out of those have had been certified on the NBAS.

In April of this year, I conducted training for several nurses on the NBAS in the Daping Hospital, Third Military Medical University in China. During the administration of the NBAS, I asked the mother to call the baby’s name. The baby moved his head calmly and then looked at mother, when she called his name. The parents and nurses were very impressed and excited. It was a wonderful moment and everybody was absolutely fascinated with the NBAS and realized how powerful an instrument it is in promoting parent-infant interaction. I am very appreciative of my work with Dr. Brazelton and Dr. Nugent and am extremely pleased to be a part of the whole NBAS family across the world.