Publications & Materials

Developmental Care for High-Risk Newborns: Emerging Science, Clinical Application, and Continuity from Newborn Intensive Care Unit to Community by Joy V. Browne (2011)
Neonatology has optimized medical outcomes for high-risk newborns yet neurodevelopmental outcomes continue to be a concern. Basic science, clinical research, and environmental design perspectives have shown the impact of the caregiving environment on the developing brain and the role of professional caregivers in providing supportive intervention to both infants and their families. This recognition has prompted a focus on early developmentally supportive care (DSC) for high-risk newborns both in the hospital and in community follow up. DSC has emerged as a recognized standard of care in most neonatal intensive care units. Still, many questions remain and much integrative research is needed.

 Eating as a Neurodevelopmental Process for High-Risk Newborns by Joy V. Browne and Erin Sundseth Ross (2011)
Many high-risk and preterm infants have difficulty with successful feeding and subsequent optimal growth during their stay in the neonatal intensive care unit as well as in the months after discharge. Environmental, procedural, and medical issues necessary for treatment of the hospitalized infant present challenges for the development of successful eating skills. Emerging data describe eating as a predictable neurodevelopmental process that depends on the infant’s organization of physiologic processes, motor tone and movement, level of arousal, and ability to simultaneously regulate these processes.

Developmental Supports for Newborns and Young Infants with Special Health and Developmental Needs and Their Families: The BABIES Model by Joy V. Browne and Ayelet Talmi (2012)
Fragile newborns and young infants who are born with a likelihood of lingering developmental concerns require specialized assessment and intervention based on their unique developmental needs. [ … ] The current study describes the development and components of the BABIES approach to supporting early intervention professionals and nurses to best integrate relationship based developmental supports for fragile newborns and young infants.

Colorado Early Childhood Councils Annual Report (January 2011)
Includes discussion on the Early Childhood Colorado Framework, investment, policy, public engagement, accountability, and leadership opportunities.

Maternal Resolution of Grief After Preterm Birth by PE Shah, M Clements, and J Poehlmann (2011)
Giving birth early is traumatic for families. Many moms grieve after the birth of a premature baby, but working through the grief helps a mom to be a better parent. Moms who feel like their grief is resolved are 3 times more likely to interact positively with their babies and to develop strong attachments to them.

Early Experiences Can Alter Gene Expression and Affect Long-Term Development by Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child (2010)
This new working paper offers a summary of recent scientific evidence and confirms the importance of early experiences in shaping developing brain architecture. This working paper also illustrates the gap between growing scientific research and policy decisions with four examples. It suggests the need for public policies to be informed by science in order to adequately address the needs of young children and generate long-term benefits to society.

Supporting Development of Newborns and Infants by JV Browne, A Talmi, and A Immele (2009)

This guidebook from Early Intervention Colorado can help you understand how babies grow and how important you are in helping your baby’s development. The information in this guidebook can be used for all babies, including those who are in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The Guidebook is also available en Espanol.

Providing Perinatal Mental Health Services in Pediatric Primary Care by A Talmi, B Stafford, and M Buchholz (2009)

This article describes an integrated mental health program located within a busy pediatric primary care training clinic, and how it incorporates infant mental health principles into direct services and educational offerings.

Evidence-Based Social-Emotional Curricula and Intervention Packages for Children 0-5 Years and Their Families by D Powell and G Dunlap (2009)
This synthesis provides information that programs can use as guidance in selecting curricula or intervention packages that are most appropriate for their setting and best meet the needs of the children and families they serve.

Mental Health Needs of Low-Income Children with Special Health Care Needs from the Department of Health & Human Services’  Health Resources and Services Administration and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (2009)
This brief summarizes a Child Health Insurance Research Initiative study that compared the prevalence of mental health problems among CSHCN to family perceptions of mental health needs.

Toilet Training for Children with Special Needs DVD
This video provides techniques and principles of success for toilet training children with special needs.

Findings from the ABCD Screening Academy: Measurement to Support Effective Identification of Children at Risk for Developmental Delay by N Kaye, J May and CP Reuland (2009)
This State Health Policy Briefing examines the efforts of many states to use measurement to support policy and practice changes that improve pediatric primary care providers’ identification of children with or at risk for developmental delay.

Prevalence of Developmental and Behavioral Disorders in a Pediatric Hospital by MC Petersen, DA Kube, TM Whitaker, JC Graff and FB Palmer (2009)

This study looks at the higher prevalence of developmental and behavioral disorders in hospitalized children and emphasizes the need to screen for developmental disabilities. The study was published in Pediatrics.

Getting to Know Your Baby by K VandenBerg, JV Browne, L Perez, A Newstetter (2009)
A Developmental Guide for Community Service Providers & Parents of NICU Graduates. Please contact us if you would like to purchase a hard copy of this manual.

Family-Centered Care Self-Assessment Tools, developed by Family Voices (2008)
Use these tools to see if your practice is family-centered.
Family Tool
Provider Tool
User’s Guide

earlyarrivalEarly Arrival: Finding the Magic of Everyday Moments With Your Baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) by R Parlakian and C Lerner (2006)
This booklet, which provides suggestions for the unique needs of families with a baby in the NICU, is available in English and Spanish to purchase from the Zero to Three website.



Infants and Toddlers with Special Health Care Needs in Colorado: Identification, Description, Needs, and Recommendations White Paper by JV Browne and B Deloian (2007)
Describes and estimates the number of infants and toddlers with special health care needs in Colorado, evidence supporting their needs, and recommendations.

Chemosensory Development in the Fetus and Newborn by JV Browne (2008)
Expanding knowledge in the development of smell and taste in fetuses and infants provides a foundation for understanding physiologic and behavioral responses in term and preterm infants, emphasizing the importance of continuity from fetal to newborn life and implications for practice in the NICU.

Auditory Development in the Fetus and Infant by SN Graven and JV Browne (2008)
This article explores the development of the fetus and infant auditory system and structure, and the effects of the physical environment, specifically that of the NICU, have on auditory development.

Sensory Development in the Fetus, Neonate, and Infant: Introduction and Overview by SN Graven and JV Browne (2008)
The preterm infant’s neurosensory development is discussed, as well as the role of the NICU environment on these processes, and implications for a developmentally supportive environment and developmentally appropriate care practices.

Sleep and Brain Development: The Critical Role of Sleep in Fetal and Early Neonatal Brain Development  by SN Graven and JV Browne (2008)
REM sleep is critical for the creation of memory and  the balance of brain plasticity over the course of a lifetime. The NICU environment and parents both play important roles in shaping this area of early development.

Visual Development in the Human Fetus, Infant, and Young Child by SN Graven and JV Browne (2008)
The development of the visual system is discussed, as well as its relation to sleep cycles and effects that disruption of sleep can have on the development of the eye and this system.

Posttraumatic stress disorder in mothers of children who have undergone surgery for congenital disease at a pediatric surgery department by S Nagata, S Funakosi, S Amae, S Yoshida, H Ambo, A Kudo, A Yokota, T Ueno, H Matsuoka, Y Hayashi (2008)
Research study that looks at PTSD in mothers of children who have had surgical procedures. The study was published in Journal of Pediatric Surgery.

Prevalence of Developmental Delays and Participation in Early Intervention Services for Young Children by SA Rosenberg, D Zhang, CC Robinson (2008)
Results of a new University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine study are raising concerns regarding the nation’s children suffering from developmental delays. An early intervention program run by all 50 states is available for children under age three but it is not being utilized, especially for African-American children. The study was published in Pediatrics.

System of Risk Triage: A Conceptual Framework to Guide Referral and Developmental Intervention Decisions in the NICU by VL Laadt, BJ Woodward, L Papile (2007)
Article describes a process that helps determine the types and intensity of services that would be needed for babies coming from the neonatal intensive care unit. The article was published in Infants & Young Children.

BEGINNINGS: An Interim Individualized Family Service Plan for Use in the Intensive Care Nursery
by Joy V. Browne, Aimee Langlois, Erin Ross, and Suzanne Smith-Sharp (2001)
This article describes BEGINNINGS, an interim IFSP for use in the NICU. It discusses the rationale that supports the process, a description of the format, and recommendations for its implementation.