Definition of Brazelton newborn test
Brazelton newborn test: A widely used test of the newborn baby as to their neurologic status and developmental progress.
The Brazelton newborn test is formally called the Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS). However, the NBAS which was devised by the Harvard pediatrician T. Berry Brazelton is better known as "the Brazelton."
There are a number of other behavioral assessments for young children. These include:
The purposes of developmental assessment depend on the age of the child. For a newborn, testing can detect neurologic problems, such as cerebral palsy. For an infant, testing often serves to reassure parents or to identify the nature of problems early enough hopefully to treat them. Later in childhood, testing can help delineate academic and social problems, again, hopefully in time to remedy them.
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