Movement is a critical aspect of an infant’s overall development – shaping the way in which information is perceived and being shaped in turn by the experience of perception. Infant Developmental Movement is a non-invasive, child-centered, interactive approach that elicits natural capacities in order to explore an infant’s optimal potential and overcome limitations in movement.
Infant Developmental Movement Education is an approach to how we grow and learn to move originated by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, OTR/L and taught through Body-MInd Centering®. An underlying premise of this approach is that each developmental stage builds on the foundation of the one that preceded it. In this sense a sequence of development unfolds, which reflects the shape of the interaction between an infant and the world in which he or she is growing. Various factors both internal and external such as prenatal complications, birth trauma, prematurity, propping, or congenital issues can influence the relative ease or restriction of an infant’s movement. An IDME (Infant Developmental Movement Educator) works with infants and their families to understand and respond to the infant’s unique movement patterns in order to support an infant to fully engage his or her body. When fully engaged, an infant is better equipped to follow their natural curiosity to explore the environment, leading not only to greater confidence and security but optimal physical, emotional and cognitive development as well.
IDME sessions may include
- Observing the sequence of typical development in infancy
- Exploring the links between movement, cognitive and emotional development
- Identifying unique movement patterns and difficulties in infancy
- Facilitating typical developmental milestones in an infant
- Supporting parent-infant interactions that facilitate optimal infant development
- Identify risks for physical, cognitive and emotional limitations
- Identify support and additional referrals as necessary
What to expect in a session
IDME sessions are performed in a comfortable supportive environment, where the infant/toddler can freely move and/or be comforted in the arms of the primary caregiver. While infant sessions are typically 60 min in duration, hands-on time with an infant will vary according to the infant's needs.
Infant/Toddler sessions incorporate both Infant Developmental Movement Education and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy. Sessions are offered at the Nan Tolbert Nurturing Center, Oak View, CA. Home visits may be available.
Fee: First session 75-90min & Follow up 60min/ $85. Sliding scale available.
Monthly by-donation clinic benefitting Nan Tolbert Nurturing Center is also offered.