Parent-Child Interaction Assessment Teaching Scale

The Feeding and Teaching Assessment Scales are used by all disciplines to identify and to guide interventions that build on parent strengths and support;positive parent-child relationships. The Feeding and Teaching Assessment Scales are valid and reliable assessments of observable infant and young child development and behaviors that occur during a caregiver/parent-child feeding or teaching experience.  The scales are based on an extensive body of research across disciplines and thus provide an excellent way to document assessments and describe pre and post impact of interventions provided by clinicians as well as researchers. The Feeding Assessment Scale is valid up to 12 months adjusted age.  The Teaching Assessment Scale is valid up to three years of age.

Who should use the Parent-Child Interaction Feeding and Teaching Scales?

Public Health Nurses, Researchers, Social Workers, Psychologists, Early Intervention Providers, Speech Therapists, Occupational and Physical Therapists, Infant Mental Health Specialists

Certificates of Professional Development Education – provided upon completion of the each class with a total of 35 hours available if both classes are taken

Feeding Scale = 21 hours of  Professional Development Education                                                 

Teaching Scale = 14 hours of Professional Development Education

Certificate of Feeding and Teaching Assessment Scale Reliability – is provided from the Parent-Child Relationship Programs at the Barnard Center when a participant achieves reliability.

Information on the Feeding Assessment Scale


The Teaching Assessment Scale (Birth to thirty-six months)

August 1-2, 2019 – 8:30 am to 4:30 pm


The Teaching Scale identifies over 73 specific behaviors of both the parent and the child that contribute to the parent-child relationship and support later development. By identifying positive behaviors in both the parent and child, the provider can reinforce them and support the parent in transferring these behaviors to other interactions with their child. Building on the strengths of the feeding and teaching relationships provides opportunities to not only support feeding and teaching but also other areas of the relationship so important for development including communication, motor skills, and social-emotional developmen

REQUIRED:  The Feeding and Teaching Assessment Scale Manuals  and Scales are required for the respective classes and may be obtained from the Parent-Child Relationships Program at

Instructor:  Deloian/Russell

LOCATION –  Georgetown Village Clubhouse, 5349 East Weaver Drive, Centennial, CO 80121    (South of Denver)  Hotels are close by


August 1, 2019, – Review of the Parent-Child Interaction Programs, Introduction to the Teaching Assessment Scale Items Practice, and Teaching Assessment Scale Practice                    

 August 2, 2109 –  Teaching Assessment Scale Practice and Reliability


Individual Registration Fee:     $ 325.00

CERTIFICATION – Sitting for reliability is not required, however as faculty, we will do all that we can to support you in achieving this goal.  Certification results are usually available 3-4 weeks after class.



 Annual certification is recommended to maintain your competency in the use of the scales, especially for testifying in court on behalf of families and research. If you are interested in being recertified in the Teaching Assessment Scale, please contact us at [email protected] A Certificate of Professional Education Development is provided for 7 hours. 

If it has been awhile since you were certified in the Teaching Assessment Scale, you may also want to purchase a new Teaching Assessment Scale Manual for the recertification..  You may also order the Teaching Assessment Scale recertification form the Promoting Parent-Child Relationships website.


Barbara Deloian, PhD, RN, CPNP, IBCLC, Certified NCAST Instructor
Dr. Deloian is a pediatric nurse practitioner with over 35 years experience working with families of infants and young children and has over 20 years experience as a certified NCAST (Nursing Child Assessment Satellite Training) Instructor. She has used her knowledge and skills from these programs clinically in pediatric cardiology, high-risk preemie follow-up, pediatric feeding clinic, ENRICH early intervention, and her lactation consultation practice. As a certified NCAST Instructor, she participated in research in an NIH Infant Growth Study and the Infant Irritability Study for Fussy Babies. She also completed Partners in Parenting Education (PIPE) certification. Barbara received her master’s from UCLA and her PhD from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center with her dissertation focusing on transitioning premature infants and their families’ home from the NICU. She also completed a post-graduate fellowship in Neuro-developmental Behavioral Leadership.

Chris Russell, BSN, Certified NCAST and PIPE Instructor
Chris is a certified NCAST Instructor and has taught the NCAST Programs through the Colorado Nurse-Family Partnership Program (NFP) as well as internationally for over 25 years. She graduated from the State University of New York, Binghamton with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. She was also a certified PIPE Instructor and she has used information from both programs in her role as a public health nurse with Tri-County NFP. She also has worked in collaboration with Developmental Pathways as a public health nurse consultant.


Special Kids, Special Care will be happy to provide a full refund up until two week before the first class.  You may always transfer your registration to someone else as long as we receive a written notice with the name of the participant who will be attending.  Within two weeks of the class, we will be happy to provide a 50% refund including any materials ordered or offer a written credit to you for another Special Kids, Special Care education program within the next year.

If there are inadequate registrations two weeks before the class, the class will be canceled and all registration fees refunded. 


We look forward to seeing you.