Professional Trainings in Child'Space

The Chava Shelhav Method

Child'Space is a unique and comprehensive program teaching Trainees to work with families and their infants to encourage babies' development 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 sessions and group classes . Learn sensory education that supports each baby’s development combined with parent education.

Child'Space 1 began On Zoom June 6, 2020 and will end October 17, 2022.

Onsite location: Movement Dialogues

4805 Park Road, Suite 200 , Charlotte, NC 28209

For Trainings Here and Around the World

Special Discounts for Child'Space Graduates

Adaptations made available for International trainees

Simple movement sequences are introduced at the pace of each child promoting 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 research entitled Moving into tummy time, together: Touch and transitions aid parent confidence and infant development.

The Child'Space Training Program consists of 250 hours in 5 segments

Coursework is made available On Site and through Zoom

at a cost of $1000 per segment

Child'Space Charlotte 1 Zoom Training dates

  • Segment 1: June 6, 2020, June 20; July 11, 25; August 8, 22; September 5 , 19; October 3, 17, 31; November 14

  • Zoom Hours: 1:00 - 4:00 PM EDT

Segment 2 : December 5, December 12, 2020; January 16, January 30, February 13, February 27, March 13, March 20, April 10, April 24, May 8, May 22, 2021

Segment 2 Zoom Hours: 12:00 -3:00 PM EST

Zoom and On Site Training dates

  • Segment 3 Zoom Dates: June 5, 2021, June 19, August 14, August 28, September 11, September 25, October 9, 2021

  • Segment 3 onsite: October 30-November 9, 2021 (hybrid possibility for those who cannot travel)

  • Segment 4: Zoom Dates: December 4, December 11, 2021 January 8m 2022, January 22, February 5, February 19, March 5, March 19, April 2, April 9, April 23, 2022

  • Segment 5: May 14-24, 2022

On Site Hours:

Saturdays - Tuesdays 9:30 - 12:30, 2-5;

Wednesdays 9:30 - 1:30;

Thursdays - Saturdays 9:30-12:30, 2-5;

Sundays: 9:30-1:30.

Senior Child'Space 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 Child'Space Trainer: Kira Charles

Kira Charles is a graduate of Dr. Chava Shelhav’s Child’Space Method Training. She is a 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 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. Her book is now available on Amazon.

$1,000 per segment