Free Introduction to Child'Space and Complimentary Sessions for Families and Infants from Birth to Independent Walking with Principal Trainer Barbara Leverone, MA, GCFP

February 2020 Click here for more information

Coming June 2020

A Professional Training in Child'Space

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 encourages babies' development in a holistic way using touch and floor-time activities. Trainees are introduced to Developmental Movement Experiences (DME's) each day.This experience translates to hands-on work with infants and interactive caregiver/infant group classes . Learn sensory education that supports each baby’s development in a holistic way combined with parent education.

Child'space Video for Professionals and Training Information

Simple movement sequences are matched to each child's pace. This promotes motor skills, early language and social-emotional growth. The course focuses on infant development from birth to independent walking.

Click here to read the recently published Child'Space research entitled Moving into tummy time, together: Touch and transitions aid parent confidence and infant development.

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

Training dates

  • Segment 1: 06/06/2020 - 06/14/2020
  • Segment 2: 12/05/2020 - 12/13/2020
  • Segment 3: 06/05/2021 - 06/13/2021
  • Segment 4: 12/4/2021 - 12/12/2021
  • Segment 5: 6/04/2022 - 6/12/2022


Saturday - Tuesday 9:30 - 12:30, 2-5;

Wednesday 9:30 - 1:30;

Thursday - Saturday 9:30-12:30, 2-5;

Sunday: 9:30-1:30.

Enroll Now. Course is limited to 20 participants.

For more information about the Child'Space Charlotte Professional Training or to request an application form please contact:

Brenda Sorkin, GCFP at 704.650.7252

For further information about the method click on these links:

International Child'Space Website

Child' SpaceSarasota Website

Child'Space Charlotte Website

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.

Barbara 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, GCFP

Kira is a graduate of Dr. Shelhav's Chld'Space Method Training and Trainer's Training. She is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, and has been practicing the Feldenkrais Method® for 25 years.

Kira 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 methodology was developed by Dr. Chava Shelhav, internationally renowned movement educator and Senior Trainer of the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education.

Through over 40 years of experience working with adults, children, and babies, Dr. Shelhav concluded that many difficulties in later years have their origin in the first year of life. She discovered that early intervention and stimulation of children’s primary developmental pathways can prevent or alleviate later impaired development.

She developed Child'Space 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.

Dr. Shlhav introduced this method to a variety of institutions in Israel and Germany, among them hospitals, child-development centers, kindergartens and schools. She has presented her work with babies at international conferences and collaborated in the late Professor Esther Thelen's research in infant motor development.

She has been training teachers and trainers for Child'Space since 2002.

Curriculum Overview

  • Experiential movement lessons based on infant development
  • Demonstrations of hands-on work with typically developing babies, as well as infants with developmental delays or neurological difficulties
  • Development of observational and analytic skills
  • Training for work with infants and caregivers in both private and group sessions
  • Presentation of allied subjects including infant mental health, incorporating music and song, working with the parent, addressing the substance-exposed newborn, etc.
  • An emphasis on multiple, supervised student practicum experiences
  • Support for building a Child’Space practice and/or incorporating principles into current occupation


1. Teaching Through Touch

  • Summarize current brain research on use of touch for sensory/motor mapping
  • Developmental Movement Exploration (DME) to provide experiential understanding
  • Observation of same in live or video demonstration with trainer and infant/mother dyad
  • Discussion
  • Demonstration of hands-on proprioceptive tapping and pressure.
  • Practice of same on classmates and on dolls
  • PowerPoint presentation on fostering neuroplasticity, maturation of infant brain

2. Supporting Infant Motor Development

Summary of developmental movements to be covered:

  • Orientation in Space
  • Turning to Side-lying
  • Transition to Prone
  • Lifting the Head
  • Rolling – Prone to Supine, Supine to Prone, Consecutive Rolling
  • Prone on Elbows
  • Prone with Extended Arms
  • Reaching and Grasping
  • Creeping
  • Transition to Knees
  • Transition to Sit
  • Crawling
  • Independent Sit
  • Pull to Stand and Squat to Return
  • Cruising
  • Independent Walking

Exploration of developmental stages will include:

  • DME (Developmental Movement Experiences) to provide experiential understanding
  • Observation of same in live or video demonstration with trainer and infant/mother dyad
  • Discussion
  • Demonstration of hands-on skills to support infant’s exploration of that stage of development
  • Practice of same on classmates and on dolls
  • Powerpoint presentations and discussion on stages of infant development and various models of developmental milestones
  • Practicum experience with babies

3. Supporting Cognitive and Social-Emotional Development

Summary of stages of psycho-social development, the relationship to the motor advancement and the role of caregiver/baby interaction

Music, song and age-appropriate play to facilitate social relationships

Video observations of face to face interaction with caregiver and baby and analysis

Summary of research on information/auditory processing, and delays, including socioeconomic concerns and parenting style

Understanding the role of mirror neurons

Play activities to support neuro-development and proto-conversation

Participants practice and incorporate into Child’Space lessons

4. Fostering Social-Emotional Growth – Self-regulation and Attachment

PowerPoint presentation on role of mirror neurons in stimulating imitation, leading to deeper face to face interaction between caregiver and child.

Discussion of leading Infant Mental Health theories such as Peter Fonagy, Alicia Lieberman, Selma Frieberg, Beatrice Beebe, Daniel Stern and Ruella Frank

Incorporation of “Reflective Functioning” in a Child’Space lesson

Trainees will role play with each other possible uses of RF in a lesson with a parent as well as in their own interactions with a baby

Live or video demonstrations with trainers and parent/baby will be shown and analyzed from this perspective.

Trainees will have the opportunity to incorporate these skills in their practicum experiences

5. Working with the Parent

All aspects of the Child’Space methodology can be shared with the parent, as possible

Trainees will learn incorporation of Child’Space skills as bonding tool to foster attachment; assessment of parent readiness to participate; factors from parent’s history that may interfere; simplifying information for various populations.

Theories of Dr. Ken Moses on working with the ‘difficult’ parent will be incorporated.

Live or video demonstrations with trainers and parent/baby will be shown and analyzed from this perspective.

Trainees will role play with each other potential troublesome situations

Trainees will have the opportunity to incorporate these skills in their practicum experiences

Program Evaluation

In an informal survey of Healthy Start families over three years, 228 mothers and babies took part in at least 4 Child'Space lessons. Families were from a broad range of socio-economic backgrounds, and included teen mothers, preterm babies, and substance exposed newborns. Infants ranged in age from newborn to independent walking. All parents reported improved confidence in the following areas:

I learned ways to hold, carry, calm and interact with my baby;

I learned how to use instructive touch and movement to support my baby’s development, such as lifting the head in tummy-time;

I learned about reading my baby’s cures and avoiding overstimulation;

I found the information useful and helped improve my parent skills;

I was treated respectfully and my questions answered satisfactorily.

“Child'Space has become one of the most sought after services by our Healthy Start parents. Parents develop skills that enhance the parent-child bond in a fun and enjoyable way. They can see their babies change, and feel competent as their babies respond to them during Child'Space activities. We are grateful to have this program for our parents.” - - Janice Baxter, Contract and Quality Assurance Manager, Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County, Inc

Child'space Info Video for Parents and Caregivers

1 Minute Child'space Info Video for Parents and Caregivers

$1,400 per segment

Cancellation and Refund Policy for the Charlotte Child'Space Training Program


For cancellations 30 days prior to the the Charlotte Child'Space Training Program full refunds are available. Afterwards, up until 15 days of the program, a $75 processing fee will be deducted from any refund issued provided your written notice is received. 15 days prior to the program if you cancel we regret there will be no refunds available, but your payment will be credited to any future programs minus the $75 processing fee.

In the unusual event Movement Dialogues needs to cancel a program, you will be given a full tuition refund.

We are not responsible for any other fees you may incur.