This program focuses on the observation and facilitation of normal development of babies in the first year of life. Through the exploration of basic movement patterns, perceptual predilections and psychophysical processes from an evolutionary perspective, the adult learns to observe infants and children with normal development, meeting and engaging them through playful interaction, care and body contact.
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. The approach is gentle, non-invasive, and enticing rather than demanding. It is direct and highly specific to the individual child. It does not force or impose, but focuses, engages, interacts and seeks to engage the child’s inherent curiosity and interest. It always looks at the whole child and fully embraces each child and their parents and family. It includes and educates the family in the interactive process.
The IDME training is particularly suitable for educators, therapists, parents, caregivers, bodyworkers, pediatricians, speech therapists, and all those who wish to learn to evaluate and facilitate normal development in infants using an embracing, child-centered approach.