The Child’Space Training Curriculum
Our curriculum covers these developmental milestones:
- 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
Developmental Movement Explorations
Developed by Dr. Shelhav and based on the Feldenkrais Method®, these daily movement lessons give participants a direct experience of infants’ developmental stages. This experiential learning through doing and feeling is a foundation of the Child’Space Method.
Exploring many variations of fundamental movement patterns will help you better understand the challenges facing newborns as they learn to roll over, crawl, stand and begin to walk.
The lesson time also includes opportunities to watch each other move. You will develop observational skills, learn about gaps all of us have in our movement vocabulary, and discover ways we can address them as adults and with children.
Many students experience improvement in their posture and ease-of-movement through these lessons.
Hands-on practice is a second essential component of the training program. Students will work with each other daily toward developing a suitable quality of touch for communicating developmental movement patterns.
Each student will have chances to conduct sessions with babies and parents with skilled supervision.
Dr. Shelhav will demonstrate her work with parents and babies from the community, then analyze these sessions afterwards with the class.
She will demonstrate techniques and observations on class members, and also show movements using dolls.
Supplemental lectures by experts in fetal development, neural development, child psychology, nutrition and related topics are an integral part of the curriculum, and a complement to the program’s experiential work.
Home and Online Study
Educational materials and a suggested plan for home study will be provided as part of the curriculum. The home study program will include:
- Audio movement lessons
- Video demonstrations with children and parents
- Communication with students and teaching staff via an Internet mailing list
- Assignments to observe childcare facilities and to meet other childcare professionals