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 recognize 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 centered and relationship centered, 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-centered approach; for bodyworkers and somatic practitioners who wish to expand their skills to include infants; and for parents and caregivers.

The video What children teach us is produced by SOMA.

The IDME program includes six courses:

Four core courses, in-depth courses that are also part of the Body-Mind Centering® Practitioner and Somatic Movement Educator training programs:

Only the child knows – teaser from Soma France

2 application courses in working with infants (open only to those who have completed the previous 4 courses):

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®.

Description of the IDME Courses

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