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Infant Developmental Movement Education (IDME)

Developed by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, this program is a highly sophisticated and subtle approach to observing patterns in infants. It trains people to recognise early movement patterns and to interact effectively with infants in ways that will have a positive effect on their growth and development.

The approach is gentle, non-intrusive, and enticing rather than demanding. It is direct and highly specific to the individual child. It incorporates the child’s curiosity, interest and inclinations into the relationship with the educator. It is child centred and relationship centred, and child oriented rather than task oriented. It does not force or impose, but focuses, engages, interacts, entices and seek to engage the child’s inherent curiosity and interest. It always looks at the whole child and fully embrace each child and their parents and family. It includes and educates the family in the interactive process.

This program is especially suited for people who work with infants and wish to enhance their skills with an embracing, child-centred approach; for bodyworkers and somatic practitioners who wish to expand their skills to include infants; and for parents and caregivers

We also welcome people who wish to include infants in their work and participants who are interested in movement organisation and development such as dancers or bodyworkers.

Besides the four basic developmental courses that are also part of the Somatic Movement Education program, students will take two additional courses focusing on applications of these principles with infants. The IDME application courses are open only to those who have completed the 4 developmental courses from the SME program, Senses and Perception 1; Basic Neurocellular Patterns; Reflexes, Righting Reactions and Equilibrium Responses; Ontogenetic Development.

IDME 1 (A-B) Two five day blocks, fundamentals in working with infants, these blocks take place usually one month apart. IDME 2 Two five day blocks of further study, practical application and observation of infants, and personal project sharing.

With more than 280 hours, the completion of this program and its requirements leads students to qualify as Infant Developmental Movement Educators, certification accredited by The School for Body-Mind Centering®.

Program aims:

This program is a highly sophisticated and subtle approach to the observation and facilitation of normal movement patterns in infants. It trains people to recognise early movement patterns and to interact effectively with infants in ways that will have a positive effect on their growth and development. The goal in movement education with infants is to help set a foundation that supports pathways of ease, strength, agility and adaptability and to help avoid restrictive patterns of movement that inhibit the development of the full potential of the child.

This program is designed to train people to evaluate and facilitate normal development in infants.

The Courses