NBO Course for High Risk Infants

Read below about our NBO course focusing on the high-risk infant suitable for professionals working in Neonatal and Early Intervention settings. We have also launched an Advanced post-training programme focusing on the High-Risk Infant, for 2022!


What is a 'High Risk Infant'?

A ‘High-Risk Infant’ is used to describe babies who are at high risk of developmental difficulties including infants born preterm, infants born at term with risk factors (such as neonatal hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy, neonatal abstinence syndrome, congenital conditions or having undergone complex surgical procedures), and infants receiving palliative care.

Who is the course for?

This NBO course is for professionals working with the high risk-infant in neonatal and early intervention settings.

It will appeal to Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Speech & Language Therapists, Neonatal Nurses and Doctors and all those who are working with high risk infants and their families.

How is it similar and different to the standard NBO course?

Working with high-risk infants and families requires practitioners to have a robust understanding of both neurotypical infant development as well as the normative challenges that transition to parenthood can hold for all parent-infant relationships. Therefore, this course incorporates the same basic curriculum, theoretical content, and certification process as standard NBO trainings. However, the interactive discussion will include considerations of implementing the NBO when working with high-risk infants and their families.

Content will include case studies and videos to illustrate how the NBO can be implemented in practice to support babies and families where additional risks may challenge the infant’s abilities for self-regulation or social interaction and/or the parent-infant relationship.

We have just launched a one-day post-NBO course programme for NBO practitioners working with high-risk infants and families to support more advanced clinical reasoning and implementation of the NBO in these settings- please see below!

Read more about the NBO tool and the Certification process HERE
View example Day 1 NBO High-Risk Infants Programme HERE
View example Day 2 NBO High-Risk Infants Programme HERE

Who is the course taught by?

This course is taught by Brazelton trainers who are recognised specialists within this field.


Upcoming course dates for the High-Risk Infant NBO Course:

17th and 18th November 2022- 2 day course online

Advanced One-Day High-Risk Infants Programme

New for 2022!

This one-day programme is aimed at any practitioner who has already completed a 2-day NBO course and is working with high-risk infants and their families. This includes practitioners who may have taken either the standard NBO course or the NBO course for high-risk infants (as above).

The aim of this programme is to support practitioners in their development of advanced clinical reasoning and implementation of the NBO with high-risk infants and their families.

Incorporating structured teaching and reflective discussion, the programme will focus on the development of neurobehavioural regulation in the high-risk infant and the challenges that may disrupt this process for infants who are born preterm or unwell, aspects of administration of the NBO specific to this population, and anticipatory guidance to support the infant and parent AMOR. Practitioner experiences of implementing the NBO in their specific area of practice, clinical case-studies and implementation in specific caseloads/settings will also be discussed.

Upcoming course dates for the Advanced High-Risk Infant Programme:

27th January 2023 – 1 day course online (post-NBO programme)