What is the Child’Space Training Program?
This two-year program targets professional-level competence in working with babies and educating parents, using movement and activities drawn from the human developmental repertoire. The program prepares participants for a role as nonmedical specialists working with parents to enrich their perception and interaction with their babies, and to support infant’s developmental learning from the stage of birth until they achieve independent walking.
What will you learn?
- You will learn to observe what babies do, how they move, and the significance for understanding their development.
- You will learn hands-on skills for introducing babies to themselves, and to the sensation of their body parts and their possibilities for movement.
- You will learn how to use all sensory channels (touch, voice, tone, rhythm, gesture, facial expression) with context ( toys, furniture, songs, games) to communicate and support learning and development.
- You will acquire an experiential understanding of development that will guide your touch and contribute to your own awareness and mobility for years to come.
- You will learn how to observe the family context of babies’ development.
- You will model for parents a vocabulary of ways of interacting with their babies using touch, face-to-face communication, activities and games.
- You will be able to explain the role of movement in a baby’s development, and how movement and activities related to development are like a sensory “nutrient” that all babies crave and need.
- You will gain direct experience of the various developmental stages, activities and transitions through guided movement lessons called Developmental Movement Explorations (DMEs).
Who is the program intended to serve?
Professionals already working with children will benefit from a new vocabulary of using touch and other interactions to evoke a baby’s curiosity and speak to its developmental imperative, as well as a better understanding of development, and specifics of the way that parents and babies co-regulate. Those who are new to working with babies and parents will also get all the background, skills and practice they need to begin making a difference in babies’ lives.
The training can be of value to anyone interested in
- learning about infant development
- enriching their repertoire of skills for interacting with babies
- improving their ability to communicate with parents
- learning ways to support parent understanding, bonding and interaction with their children
- exploring the physical, social and psychological aspects of infant development in the context of the family
The program can be especially valuable to Feldenkrais® practitioners, occupational therapists, physical therapists, caregivers, child therapists, teachers, social workers, psychologists, and parents. The training may be used to satisfy continuing education (CE) requirements.
What kinds of work does the program prepare you for?
The Training program teaches students two main models for working with babies and their caregivers:
- Individual lessons, where the Child’Space practitioner works with one infant and his primary caregivers, and
- Group sessions, where several babies and their caregivers participate. The practitioner leads the group and while spending time with each baby and parent.
You will learn to work with:
- Healthy babies
- Fussy babies
- Babies experiencing developmental delays
- Babies with special needs
You will also learn about working with parents:
- how to communicate with parents constructively about their babies,
- how to teach them to observe, appreciate and support their babies through each developmental stage.
What development topics does the training cover?
- Early motor development from birth to 3 months
- Turning over and rolling
- Crawling and sitting
- Standing and walking
- Transition from homolateral movement to contralateral movement
- Balance mechanisms at various stages of development
- Gross and fine motor control
- Coordination and orientation
- Developing speech and language
- Interpersonal communication and developing social skills
- Infant and child play