Yvette Blanchard, SCD, PT

Yvette Blanchard, PT, ScD, PCS


Professional Interest

  • Neonatology
  • Early intervention
  • Infant development
  • Neurobehavioral functioning


Degrees and Certifications

    • ScD, Therapeutic Studies, Boston University
    • MS, Clinical Sciences, Université de Montréal
    • BS, Physical Therapy, Université de Montréal

    Specialty or Specialist Certification/Training 

    • Pediatric Certified Specialist
    • Pediatrics, neonatololgy.
    • Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS) Trainer
    • Newborn Behavioral Observation System (NBO) Trainer 

Teaching Responsibilities


    • DPT 723 Evaluation & Documentation III (lab instructor) 
    • DPT 733 Evaluation & Intervention III (lab instructor)
    • DPT 743 Grand Rounds (course instructor)


    • DPT 622 Evaluation & Documentation II (LGD and 2 labs)

Publications and Presentations

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    J. K. Nugent, C. H. Keefer, S. Minear, L. Johnson, Y. Blanchard (2007). Understanding newborn behavior & early relationships: The Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) system handbook. Baltimore: Brookes Publishers.

    Book chapters:
    Kahn-D’Angelo, L., Blanchard, Y., McManus, B. (2012). The special care nursery.
    S.K. Campbell, R.J. Palisano, & Orlin, M. (Eds.). Physical Therapy for Children. Elsevier.

    Blanchard, Y. (2009). Using the Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) system with at-risk infants and families: United States. J.K. Nugent, T.B. Brazelton & B. Patrauskas (Eds.). The Newborn as a Person: Enabling Healthy Infant Development Worldwide. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons.

    Nugent, J.K., Blanchard, Y., Stewart, J.S. (2008). Supporting parents of premature infants: an infant-focused family-centered approach. D. Brodsky & M. A. Ouellette (Eds). Primary Care of the Premature Infant.Elsevier.

    Nugent, J.K., & Blanchard, Y. (2005). Newborn behavior and development: Implications for health care professionals. To appear in:  K.M. Thies, & J.F. Travers (Eds.). The Handbook of Human Development for Health Care Professionals. Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett.

    Haley, S., Baryza, M. J., & Blanchard, Y. (1992). Functional and naturalistic frameworks for the assessment of physical and motor disablement in early infancy. In I. J. Wilhelm (Ed.), Physical therapy assessment in early infancy. New York: Churchill Livingstone.

    Journal Articles:

    Blanchard, Y. (2011). Getting to know you: Key clinical concepts in relationship-building interventions and neurobehavioral observations with young infants. NDTA Network, 18(2), 1-23.

    Sweeney, J.K., Heriza, H.B., & Blanchard, Y., Dusing, S. (2010). Neonatal physical therapy. Part II: Practice frameworks and evidence-based practice guidelines. Pediatric Physical Therapy, 2(1), 2-16.

    Sweeney, J.K., Heriza, H.B., & Blanchard, Y. (2009). Neonatal physical therapy:
    Clinical competencies and NICU clinical training models. Part I. Pediatric Physical Therapy, 21(4), 296-307.

    Blanchard, Y., Keefer, C.K., Tynan, K., & Nugent, J.K. (2008). The Newborn Behavioral Observation (NBO): Influencing provider confidence. Ab Initio, Winter 2008, www.brazelton-institute.com/abinitio2008winter.

    Blanchard, Y., McVeigh, R., Graham, M., Cadet, M., Mwilambwe, K., Christi Scott (2007). The influence of ambient lighting levels on postural sway in healthy children ages 9 to 11. Gait & Posture, 26, 442-445.

    Fishman, J., Vele-Tabaddor, E., Blanchard, Y., Keefer, C., Minear, S., Johnson, L., Nugent. J.K. (2007). The effect of the NBO on caregiver relationships. Ab Initio, Summer 2007, www.brazelton-institute.com/abinitio2007summer.

    Blanchard, Y., Carey, S., Coffey, J., Cohen, A., Harris, T., Michlik, S., & Pellecchia, G.L. (2005). The influence of concurrent cognitive tasks on postural sway in children. Pediatric Physical Therapy, 17, 189-193.

    Blanchard, Y., Neilan, E., Busanich, J., Garavuso, L., & Klimas, D. (2004). Interrater reliability of early intervention providers scoring the Alberta Infant Motor Scale. Pediatric Physical Therapy, 16, 13-18.
    Ratynski, N., Cioni, G., Franck, L., Blanchard, Y., & Sizun, J. (2002). L’observation du comportement du nouveau-ne: une source pertinente d’informations medicales (The neonatal behavioral observation: a pertinent source of medical information). Archives de Pediatrie, 9, 1274-1279.

    Blanchard, Y., & Mouradian, L. (2000). Integrating neurobehavioral concepts into early intervention eligibility evaluation. Infants and Young Children, 13(2), 41-50.

    Blanchard, Y., & Darrah, J. (1999, August). Health-related fitness for children and adults with cerebral palsy. Current comment written for and published by  the American College of Sports Medicine.

    Blanchard, Y. (1999). Neurobehavioral and neuromotor long-term sequelae of prenatal exposure to cocaine and other drugs: An unresolved issue. Pediatric Physical Therapy, 11(3), 140-146.

    Blanchard, Y.,  Suess, P., & Beeghly, M.  (1998). Effects of prenatal drug exposure on neurobehavioral functioning in young infants. Physical and Occupational Therapy inPediatrics , 18(3/4), 19-37.

    Blanchard, Y. (1997). Early infant assessment. Birth to Three IDEAs, 1(4), 7-9.

    Fetters, L., Tronick, E. Z., Blanchard, Y., & Markov, Y. (1996). Neuromotor development of cocaine exposed and control infants from birth to 15 months: Poor and poorer performance. Newsletter of the Boston Institute for the Development of Infants and Parents, 14(2).

    Blanchard, Y. (1991). Early intervention and stimulation of the hospitalized preterm infant. Infants and Young Children, 4(1), 76-84.

    Blanchard, Y., Pedneault, M., & Doray, B. (1991). Effects of tactile stimulation on physical growth and hypoxemia in preterm infants. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 11(1), 37-52.

    Pedneault, M., Blanchard, Y., & Lapalme, S. (1990). Pression manuelle: etude de fidelite. Physiotherapy  Canada, 42(3), 130-135.

    Blanchard, Y. (1990). Intervention in the neonatal intensive care unit. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 10(1), 73-85.

    Pedneault, M., & Blanchard, Y. (1987). Fidelite dans les mesures repetees de la pression manuelle. Abstract. Physiotherapy Canada, 393), suppl. 10.

    Published Abstracts of Peer Reviewed Presentations:

    Blanchard, Y., McVeigh, R., Graham, M., Cadet, M., Mwilambwe, K., Scott, C. (2007). The effect of ambient lighting levels on postural sway in children(abstract). Pediatric Physical Therapy, 19(1), 85.

    Blanchard, Y. (1989). Effects of tactile stimulation on growth and hypoxemia on preterm infants. Abstract. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 9 (4).

Contact Information

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