A Professional Training in the Chava Shelhav Method
at Movement Dialogues
4805 Park Road, Suite 200 , Charlotte, NC 28209
704.527.5996 or 704.650.7252

What is Child'Space?
Child'Space is a unique and comprehensive method of sensory movement education that supports babies' development in a holistic way using touch and floor-time activities. Trainees are introduced to Developmental Movement Experiences (DME's) each day and learn to translate this experience to hands-on work with infants and interactive caregiver/infant group classes.

Emphasis is placed on trainees learning observational and explicit hands on skills to work with infants as well as how to teach parents and/or caregivers simple movement sequences appropriate to each child's pace of development. This promotes gross and fine motor skills, early language and social-emotional growth. The course focuses on infant development from birth to independent walking.

Child'Space consists of 5 nine-day segments at a cost of $1400 per segment. Training dates :

Segment 1: June 1 - June 9, 2019
Segment 2: December 7 - December 15, 2019
Segment 3: June 6 - June 14, 2020
Segment 4: December 5 - December 13, 2020
Segment 5: June 5 - June 13, 2021

(dates subject to change -- if we start in December 2019, segment 5 will be December 4 - 12, 2021)

Enroll Now. Course is limited to 20 participants.

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For more information about the Child'Space Charlotte Professional Training please contact:
Brenda Sorkin, GCFP, MI Trainer at 704.527.5996 or Brenda@MovementDialogues.com

Meet the Trainers:
Barbara Leverone and Kira Charles

Principal Trainer: Barbara Leverone, MA, GCFP

Barbara received her Feldenkrais certification in 1994 and has been in private practice for almost 25 years.  She has also worked continuously as a Child'Space educator and trainer since her 2009 certification.  She has been a trainer for Child’Space Certification programs in Chicago, New York, Buenos Aires and Matsue, Japan.  She holds a Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling with advanced training and supervision in Infant Mental Health.  For eight years, she worked with families with pre-term babies, teen-age parents and other at-risk situations through The Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County.  She received their Mission Award for her work with parents of substance-exposed newborns. 

Assistant Trainer: Kira Charles

Kira is a graduate of Dr. Shelhav's Chld'Space Method Training and Trainer's Training. She is Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, and has been practicing the Feldenkrais Method® for 25 years.  She worked as an Assistant in the first New York Child’Space Method training and was a staff member at Child’Space NYC. Kira is the director of Child Space America, which offers Child’Space classes and private sessions throughout New York City.  

The History of Child'Space 
The Child'Space program was developed by Chava Shelhav, Ph.D. Through decades of working with clients of all ages using the Feldenkrais Method, Dr. Shelhav has come to understand that the roots of many problems experienced by adults can be traced to infancy and early childhood. She developed the Child'Space Method to give children a solid foundation for lifelong learning and social competency.

Dr. Shelhav has a Ph.D. from the University of Heidelberg in the Departments of Sociology and Life Sciences and a Master's degree from Boston University. Her master's thesis, "Working with Brain Damaged Children Using the Feldenkrais Method," and her Ph.D. thesis, "Movement as a Learning Model" reflect her interest in children's learning. An early student and assistant of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, she is today widely recognized for her exceptional skills as a gifted trainer of teachers in the Feldenkrais Method. She introduced this method to a variety of institutions in Israel and Germany, among them hospitals, child-development centers, kindergartens and schools. She has achieved distinction through her work with infants and children and has been training teachers and trainers for Child'Space since 2002.

Dr. Shelhav has presented her work with babies at international conferences and collaborated in the late Professor Esther Thelen's research in infant motor development.


Touch is obviously essential to babies’ sensory-motor development, but it also has a surprisingly potent influence over their physical growth, emotional well-being, cognitive potential, and even their overall health, because of some fascinating effects on their immune function. 

Lise Eliot, Ph.D.

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